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The Joy of Clojure

Thinking the Clojure Way

About the Book

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.

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.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
What's Inside

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

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

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.