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The Joy of Clojure: Thinking the Clojure Way Paperback – April 7, 2011
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Michael Fogus is software developer with experience in distributedsimulation, machine vision, and expert systems construction. He's actively involved in the Clojure and Scala communities.
Chris Houser is a primary contributor to Clojure and has implemented several features for the language.
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I was really impressed that even though I bought off Amazon, I got an access code insertt that allowed me to download a well formatted and hyperlinked pdf copy on my iPad also.
Don't take my word for it though. The review from the "Land of Lisp" author (another great book) sums up some of the strong points of this book nicely.
But ultimately, it only served to tell me the things I already knew.... And refresh some of the theoretical concepts of fp...
The long winded explanations of simple concepts made me confused at times about things I thought I understood. This is, at best an advanced text reference for clojure-heads.
If you want to get clojure, get the "seven languages in seven days" book.....you will see the light in a matter of minutes.
I've been developing java for a while so maybe I'm just not smart enough for this book yet..... But either way, it needs a new title.
On the bright side ... It is well written - technically speaking.... And might be synergistic with other books on lisps...
1) It covers Clojure 1.2, which is the current version, and has some important differences from 1.0 and 1.1. The new features are pretty cool, but sometimes their purpose is a bit obscure when looking through the documentation.
2) It's so darn specific, while at the same time being very concise. Common sticking points, like the behavior of unquote splicing, are gone over with non-trivial but easily understandable examples. Structural concerns like refs vs agents vs futures vs promises are discussed with good explanations for when you should use each.
3) It explains why things are cool - for instance the explanation of "state" and "identity" in functional programming is one of the best I've seen. If only there was a section on monads, this book would be downright canonical.
Basically, if you're planning on writing Clojure, or you want to see if the language jibes for you, you should get this book.
This book covers all the basics you need to know to get started with Clojure: It begins with a thorough explanation of the Clojure syntax and explains how to find your way around "functional programming", a key concept you'll need to be comfortable with to use Clojure effectively. These concepts are all explained with clear examples and with every new command and concept the authors also cover "big picture" topics that help the reader understand the importance of each item and help cement them into the reader's memory.
The second half of the book focuses on the pragmatic and advanced topics of the language. In terms of pragmatic topics, you will find detailed descriptions on how to interact with Java (very easy in Clojure) and use this to build a UI app. The authors also cover optimization and the static typing abilities of Clojure in great detail.
Another advance topic that "Joy of Clojure" has extensive coverage of is Clojure's insanely powerful multithreaded programming features. Here, you will learn why Clojure's solution to the "multithreaded programming dilemma" might be the best way to write bug-free code that can make full use of a multicore processor. The authors do a great job explaining the "whys" and "hows" of multithreaded programming and tell you everything you need to know to get the performance want out of your processor's cores.
Chris and Fogus live and breathe Clojure code and are part of the core Clojure community. What you're paying for when you buy this book is an introduction to the language from people who really understand what's important and what it takes to write efficient and idiomatic Clojure code. If you're interested in learning Clojure, I suggest you first look at the great videos on youtube from Rich Hickey, the language's creator. After that, I recommend you pick up "Joy of Clojure" and you'll be a fully capable Clojure developer in no time.
(Disclosure: Fogus reviewed a book I wrote last year called "Land of Lisp".)
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