by Daniel Higginbotham
October 2015, 328 pp.
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For weeks, months —nay!—from the very moment you were born, you’ve felt it calling to you. At long last you’ll be united with the programming language you’ve been longing for: Clojure!
As a Lisp-style functional programming language, Clojure lets you write robust and elegant code, and because it runs on the Java Virtual Machine, you can take advantage of the vast Java ecosystem. Clojure for the Brave and True offers a “dessert-first” approach: you’ll start playing with real programs immediately, as you steadily acclimate to the abstract but powerful features of Lisp and functional programming. Inside you’ll find an offbeat, practical guide to Clojure, filled with quirky sample programs that catch cheese thieves and track glittery vampires.
Learn how to:
Clojure for the Brave and True assumes no prior experience with Clojure, the Java Virtual Machine, or functional programming. Are you ready, brave reader, to meet your true destiny? Grab your best pair of parentheses—you’re about to embark on an epic journey into the world of Clojure!
About the Author
Daniel Higginbotham has been a professional programmer for eleven years, half of that at McKinsey & Company, where he used Clojure to build mobile and web applications. He has also contributed to the curriculum for ClojureBridge, an organization that offers free, beginner-friendly Clojure workshops for women. Daniel blogs about programming and life at flyingmachinestudios.com, and can be found on Twitter, @nonrecursive. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and four cats.
Table of Contents
Part I: Environment Setup
Part II: Language Fundamentals
Part III: Advanced Topics
Appendix A: Building and Developing with Leiningen
"Daniel's approach is refreshing because most of the programming books I’ve read are drier than a camel’s fart. We are fortunate that Daniel is a brilliant programmer and writer and that his wife Jess is an equally brilliant illustrator. We are especially fortunate that they both went insane and decided to write a book at exactly the same time."
"This book is a valuable starting point for exploring Clojure, supplying a coherent and current view of the full landscape."
"I am not the target audience for this book as I not a new Clojure developer, however it was so much fun to read that I read it anyways. If you're looking for a way to start Clojure with fun examples and engaging explanations, I heartily recommend that you check out Clojure for the Brave and True."
"Strike[s] that balance between teaching an advanced topic and making it fun without dumbing it down...highly recommended!"