A Brief Beginner’s Guide To Clojure
Published January, 2023
“A Brief Beginner’s Guide To Clojure” is a concise and comprehensive introduction to the functional programming language, Clojure. Designed for those with little to no prior experience with the language, this book provides a clear and accessible overview of the basics of Clojure.
The book covers the following topics:
- Introduction to Clojure: This section provides an overview of what Clojure is and why it is a powerful language for modern software development. It covers the history of the language, its key features, and its unique approach to functional programming.
- Getting Started with Clojure: This section covers the basics of installing and using the language, including how to write and run your first Clojure program, and how to use REPL (Read-Eval-Print Loop) to explore the language.
- Basic Data Types: This section introduces the basic data types in Clojure, including numbers, strings, symbols, and collections (such as lists, vectors, maps, and sets). It covers how to create and manipulate these data types, and how to use them to build more complex data structures.
- Functions and Function Calling: This section covers the basics of defining and calling functions in Clojure, including how to pass arguments, return values, and use recursion. It also covers the concept of higher-order functions, which are functions that operate on other functions.
- Macros and Metaphysics: This section covers the advanced concepts of macros and metaphysics in Clojure, including how to define and use macros, and how to use
Clojure’s unique approach to code as data to write flexible, modular code.
- Concurrency and State Management: This section introduces the fundamental concepts of concurrency and state management in Clojure, including how to work with atoms, refs, and agents, and how to use the software transactional memory (STM) mechanism to ensure thread safety and consistency.
- Real-World Examples: This section provides real-world examples of how to use Clojure to build practical applications, including web applications, data processing pipelines, and more. These examples help to reinforce the concepts covered in earlier sections and demonstrate how to apply them in real-world scenarios.
By the end of “A Brief Beginner’s Guide To Clojure”, readers will have a solid understanding of the basics of the language, as well as the skills and knowledge they need to start building their own applications. Whether you are a seasoned programmer or just starting out, this book is an essential resource for anyone interested in learning Clojure.