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Clojure: Simple By Design

stuarthalloway edited this page Nov 18, 2014 · 3 revisions


Clojure is simple by design. What does that mean, and why should you care?

Simplicity is a powerful technique for writing better programs, programs that have:

  • concision: write programs 5-10x smaller than before
  • robustness: easily write programs that work correctly
  • generality: use the same simple ideas over and over, instead of masses and masses of redundant classes
  • agility: add new capabilities with ease

In this talk, we will introduce Clojure, and introduce Simplicity via concrete examples from

  • Clojure syntax
  • Clojure protocols
  • Clojure values and references

We will then show how these ideas (and others) lead to concision, robustness, generality, and agility.

Finally, we will talk about the production of Clojure: how these ideas translate into a distinctive style of managing an open-source project.

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