Clojure Journey I – First Steps

This week I started my journey through learning Clojure. Sometime ago I’ve a brief view of LISP when I read the land of lisp book, I was very interesting, for me it’s a language with a simple concept, that on the first view looks ugly and hard, but when you understand more it’ts fabulous and genius.

Clojure is a LISP dialect hosted on JVM created by Rich Hickey It first version was published in 2005 and today it’s not one of the most popular languages, but it have a nice and great community around, working on tools, library and documentation.

If you want to learn more about Clojure and its design decisions, Rich Hickey wrote a nice (and long) paper, about its features, design decisions and history, just click here.

My first steps was to chose a book to start learning, after a few search on google, I decided to follow the famous book Clojure for the Brave and True it looks a nice book and it’s free, if I like it I can buy a physical copy to reward the author.

As my second step I like to get involved with the community, I started to follow the Clojure subreddit /r/Clojure, and the newsletter listed here.

As my next step I’ll setup my code editor, but this is the subject of the next post.

If you have any questions that I can help you with, please ask! Send an email (otaviopvaladares@gmail.com), pm me on my Twitter or comment on this post!

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