Clojure Programming: Practical Lisp for the Java World

Clojure Programming: Practical Lisp for the Java World

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Clojure is a practical, general-purpose language that offers expressivity rivaling other dynamic languages like Ruby and Python, while seamlessly taking advantage of Java libraries, services, and all of the resources of the JVM ecosystem. This book helps you learn the fundamentals of Clojure with examples relating it to the languages you know already, in the domains and topics you work with every day. See how this JVM language can help eliminate unnecessary complexity from your programming practice and open up new options for solving the most challenging problems.

Clojure Programming demonstrates the language’s flexibility by showing how it can be used for common tasks like web programming and working with databases, up through more demanding applications that require safe, effective concurrency and parallelism, data analysis, and more. This in-depth look helps tie together the full Clojure development experience, from how to organize your project and an introduction to Clojure build tooling, to a tutorial on how to make the most of Clojure’s REPL during development, and how to deploy your finished application in a cloud environment.

  • Learn how to use Clojure while leveraging your investment in the Java platform
  • Understand the advantages of Clojure as an efficient Lisp for the JVM
  • See how Clojure is used today in several practical domains
  • Discover how Clojure eliminates the need for many verbose and complicated design patterns
  • Deploy large or small web applications to the cloud with Clojure

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449335342
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 630
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Chas Emerick is the founder of Snowtide Informatics, a small software company in Western Massachusetts. Since 2008, he has helped to develop the core Clojure language and many Clojure open source projects. Chas writes about Clojure, software development practices, entrepreneurship, and other passions at

Brian Carper is a professional programmer in the field of psychological research. He uses Clojure for data analysis and web development. He's the author of a Clojure-to-CSS compiler and relational database library, and writes about Clojure and other topics at

Christophe Grand is an independent consultant, based near Lyon, France. He tutors, trains and codes primarily in Clojure. A participant in developing the core Clojure language, he also authored the Enlive and Moustache libaries and is a contributor to Counterclockwise, the Clojure IDE for Eclipse. Christophe writes on Clojure at

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Functional Programming and Concurrency
    • Chapter 2: Functional Programming
    • Chapter 3: Collections and Data Structures
    • Chapter 4: Concurrency and Parallelism

  • Building Abstractions
    • Chapter 5: Macros
    • Chapter 6: Datatypes and Protocols
    • Chapter 7: Multimethods

  • Tools, Platform, and Projects
    • Chapter 8: Organizing and Building Clojure Projects
    • Chapter 9: Java and JVM Interoperability
    • Chapter 10: REPL-Oriented Programming

  • Practicums
    • Chapter 11: Numerics and Mathematics
    • Chapter 12: Design Patterns
    • Chapter 13: Testing
    • Chapter 14: Using Relational Databases
    • Chapter 15: Using Nonrelational Databases
    • Chapter 16: Clojure and the Web
    • Chapter 17: Deploying Clojure Web Applications

  • Miscellanea
    • Chapter 18: Choosing Clojure Type Definition Forms Wisely
    • Chapter 19: Introducing Clojure into Your Workplace
    • Chapter 20: What’s Next?

  • Colophon

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