The Joy of Clojure, Second Edition
Michael Fogus and Chris Houser
Foreword by William E. Byrd and Daniel P. Friedman
  • May 2014
  • ISBN 9781617291418
  • 520 pages
  • printed in black & white

A cornucopia of programming concepts.

From the Foreword by William E. Byrd and Daniel P. Friedman, authors of "The Reasoned Schemer"

The Joy of Clojure, Second Edition is a deep look at the Clojure language. Fully updated for Clojure 1.6, this new edition goes beyond just syntax to show you the "why" of Clojure and how to write fluent Clojure code. You'll learn functional and declarative approaches to programming and will master the techniques that make Clojure so elegant and efficient.

About the Technology

The Clojure programming language is a dialect of Lisp that runs on the Java Virtual Machine and JavaScript runtimes. It is a functional programming language that offers great performance, expressive power, and stability by design. It gives you built-in concurrency and the predictable precision of immutable and persistent data structures. And it's really, really fast. The instant you see long blocks of Java or Ruby dissolve into a few lines of Clojure, you'll know why the authors of this book call it a "joyful language." It's no wonder that enterprises like Staples are betting their infrastructure on Clojure.

About the book

The Joy of Clojure, Second Edition is a deep account of the Clojure language. Fully updated for Clojure 1.6, this new edition goes beyond the syntax to show you how to write fluent Clojure code. You'll learn functional and declarative approaches to programming and will master techniques that make Clojure elegant and efficient. The book shows you how to solve hard problems related to concurrency, interoperability, and performance, and how great it can be to think in the Clojure way.

What's inside

  • Build web apps using ClojureScript
  • Master functional programming techniques
  • Simplify concurrency
  • Covers Clojure 1.6

About the author

Michael Fogus and Chris Houser are contributors to the Clojure and ClojureScript programming languages and the authors of various Clojure libraries and language features.


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Clojure changes the way we think about programming—this book changes the way we think about Clojure.

Cristofer Weber, NeoGrid

Clear examples for both novice and experienced programmers.

Jasper Lievisse Adriaanse, M:Tier

A joy to read. I couldn't put it down.

Heather Campbell, Kainos