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The text below is the comment from the top of src/clojinc/core.clj. When it refers to "this file" it is referring to that file.

The same content is also available in the form of a Gorilla REPL worksheet, in worksheet.clj. The worksheet can also be viewed here.

;; clojinc
;; Steps toward clojure, starting from zero.
;; by Lee Spector <>, 2011-2017
;; Version (date): 20170914

;; This file is a saved, re-executable Clojure REPL (Read Eval Print Loop) 
;; session, with minimal comments and occasional problem sets. It is intended
;; to serve as the starting-point for semi-independent learning of the Clojure
;; programming language, for people who have at least some minimal experience
;; with at least one (any) programming language. No help is provided here for
;; getting a Clojure implementation/REPL up and running; consult the online
;; resources listed below, or search the web, if you need help with that.

;; The format of this file is alternating Clojure expressions with 
;; commented-out output (including both the output produced by explicit print  
;; statements and the values returned by the evaluated expressions). You should 
;; be able to proceed through the file, evaluating an expression at a time, and   
;; if you do this you should get the same output (or similar output, in cases 
;; that involve nondeterminism). In many cases later expressions rely on having
;; evaluated earlier expressions in the file.

;; The material in this file is informal and idiosyncratic in its coverage, 
;; leaving out many things that other Clojure introductions include and revealing 
;; the Lisp-oriented bias of the author. The intention is just to lead beginners
;; deeply enough into Clojure territory for them to proceed in other directions
;; on their own.

;; More specifically, we begin with simple expressions for arithmetic and list
;; manipulation, introduce facilities for defining functions and macros, and give
;; progressively more complex examples of definitions that involve many of
;; Clojure's data structures including lists, vectors, maps, and sets. Among the
;; applications used for examples and problem sets are grammar-driven text
;; generation, genetic programming, and simple graphics. We also demonstrate
;; alternatives for defining iterative and recursive algorithms and briefly touch
;; upon topics ranging from debugging and profiling to file I/O and concurrency. 

;; Many things are introduced here without explanation. My suggestion is that 
;; you observe the output that is provided here, look things up in online resources 
;; and in documentation that may be available in your Clojure environment, and, 
;; most crucially, experiment with variations of the expressions presented here. 
;; The problem sets are prods for further experimentation but it is best to  
;; experiment continuously. Some of the problems provided here are easy, some are 
;; quite hard, and many could be completed/varied/extended in several different
;; ways.

;; Potentially useful online resources include:


;; Most of the outputs in clojinc were created using clojure version 1.3 in a
;; REPL started with Leiningen 1.7.1 (
;; and using Java 1.6.0_33. (A few were left from an earlier version, for which
;; Clooj ( was used.