Reading on Clojure
A few years ago I attended a conference where Rick Hickey presented on his new JVM-based language Clojure. At the time I thought, “Cool. A lisp with Java interop and software transactional memory (STM)” and pushed it onto the pile of things to investigate. Last month I got around to it.
I've finished Halloway's Programming
Clojure which I've had sitting here since
New Years when I ordered Programming Erlang and a few other
books and started
Fogus's The Joy of Clojure. I prefer “Joy”,
it's a different kind of introductory book much more to my taste of
jumping in with both feet (and included the pdf ebook gratis) and I've
begun converting some existing small projects from Common Lisp. I'm
impressed, as much with the community as with the language: Emacs/Slime
(snapshot)/swank work with barely any tweaking of my existing config,
Leiningen hides the Maven
ugliness (which is itself an improvement over Ant), plugins exist for
the Netbeans and
Eclipse IDEs (neither are more compelling than
Emacs where I've spent the last decade, maybe I'm not getting it),
pretty much everything I've looked for has turned up in
#clojure is populated by helpful
and fairly tolerant people.
It's a nice language and a reasonably pleasant way to work with Java (though I did have to break out Java in a Nutshell and popped for the upgrade to the pdf ebook).