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The Joy of Clojure

Michael Fogus and Chris Houser
  • March 2011
  • ISBN 9781935182641
  • 360 pages

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The Joy of Clojure goes beyond just syntax to show you how to write fluent and idiomatic Clojure code. You'll learn a functional approach to programming and will master Lisp techniques that make Clojure so elegant and efficient. The book gives you easy access to hard soft ware areas like concurrency, interoperability, and performance. And it shows you how great it can be to think about problems the Clojure way.

about the technology

If you've seen how dozens of lines of Java or Ruby can dissolve into just a few lines of Clojure, you'll know why the authors of this book call it a "joyful language." Clojure is a dialect of Lisp that runs on the JVM. It combines the nice features of a scripting language with the powerful features of a production environment—features like persistent data structures and clean multithreading that you'll need for industrial-strength application development.

what's inside

  • The what and why of Clojure
  • How to work with macros
  • How to do elegant application design
  • Functional programming idioms

about the reader

Written for programmers coming to Clojure from another programming background—no prior experience with Clojure or Lisp is required.

about the author

Michael Fogus is a member of Clojure/core with experience in distributed simulation, machine vision, and expert systems. Chris Houser is a key contributor to Clojure who has implemented several of its features.

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