The Joy of Clojure

The Joy of Clojure
By Michael Fogus, Chris Houser

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Summary

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.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

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.

Appropriate for readers with some experience using Clojure or common Lisp.

What's Inside

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

About the Authors

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

Table of Contents

    PART 1 FOUNDATIONS
  1. Clojure philosophy
  2. Drinking from the Clojure fire hose
  3. Dipping your toes in the pool
  4. PART 2 DATA TYPES
  5. On scalars
  6. Collection types
  7. PART 3 FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING
  8. Being lazy and set in your ways
  9. Functional programming
  10. PART 4 LARGE-SCALE DESIGN
  11. Macros
  12. Combining data and code
  13. Mutation and concurrency
  14. Parallelism
  15. PART 5 HOST SYMBIOSIS
  16. Java.next
  17. Why ClojureScript?
  18. PART 6 TANGENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS
  19. Data-oriented programming
  20. Performance
  21. Thinking programs
  22. Clojure changes the way you think


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #289908 in Books
  • Published on: 2014-06-13
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.15" h x 1.07" w x 7.38" l, 1.90 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 520 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Michael Fogus is a programmer in the DC area specializing in artificial intelligence, compilation, code generation, and distributed simulation systems. He is also a contributor to the Clojure and ClojureScript programming languages and author of various Clojure-contrib libraries.

Chris Houser is a software developer at LonoCloud. His lifelong passion for programming began when he was a child and drives him to continue learning and exploring new languages today. He's currently a primary contributor to Clojure and has implemented several features for the language.


Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5The Joy of Clojure does a great job of laying the ...
By Tim Downey
As someone with extensive experience in Java, but new to Clojure, The Joy of Clojure does a great job of laying the necessary foundation to start doing serious development in Clojure. As others have noted, you can learn the syntax of Clojure very quickly, but learning to develop in idiomatic Clojure is a much longer process. Fogus does a good job of explaining some fairly complicated concepts in a fashion that programmers with an object oriented background will be able to pick up.

I've definitely found myself having to reread sections here and there, but overall the pace does a good job of letting things sink in. You'll definitely do best if you fire up a REPL and play around while you read.

I've definitely seen enough of Clojure to want to use it for real projects. The trick is figuring out how to get the company and rest of the team comfortable enough to make the switch!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Pete
Best book about Clojure

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5Wonderfully written, note the free ebook
By Stephane
Wonderfully written -- one of these books that takes you aside and "talks" to you (as an adult -- this is no introduction to programming, and probably not a "first contact with a second language" either). The free ebook is convenient, I really hope this becomes standard (as opposed to what some other publishers do, forcing you to choose).

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