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This week's Clojure news

Issue #25 - September 13th, 2013

Clojurescript

This is still a work in progress, but here is some great progress in using source maps with cljs.

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Kevin Lynagh has opened up a request for comments on a new CLJS compiler interface. He's created a sample project here that demonstrates some of the changes. If you're interested in CLJS check it out and provide your feedback!

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Gerald Sussman explains how programming can help understand Analytical Mechanics and Differential Geometry, and make some concepts of General Relativity come alive. Indeed, a well-crafted program is an expression of an idea, and it may be a work of art.

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Rich Hickey explores the nature of design and composition and how it impacts the software development practice and tools.

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Infrastructure

Datomic has released a sample project that uses the MusicBrainz dataset to help people get familiar with using Datomic.

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Lemur is a tool to launch hadoop jobs locally or on EMR, based on a configuration file, referred to as a jobdef.

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For Beginners

This article is a nice little summary of how you can get started with Clojure.

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Lisp

This article translate code from On Lisp into Clojure. It takes a look at using closures to model nodes in a network, representing a 20 questions game as a self-traversing binary tree.

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John Croisant discusses his struggle using Common Lisp. "Unless something changes, I don’t see how CL can have much of a future, except as an amusing curio for fans of antique computer technology."

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Community

Greg Phillips does some napkin analysis of Leiningen downloads to draw some conclusions about Clojure adoption.

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This is a really beautiful and useful mindmap mapping out collections of ideas in Clojure.

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core.typed

Schema is a a Clojure(Script) library for declarative data description and validation.

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Logan Campbell records his first impressions of working with core.typed.

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