|Clojure in Action, Second Edition
MEAP Began: February 2013
Softbound print: October 2014 (est.) | 400 pages
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Table of Contents, MEAP Chapters & Resources
|Table of Contents||Resources|
1 Introducing Clojure—Lisp, functional programming, and basic syntax - FREE
2 The elements of Clojure—installing the REPL and some basic functions - AVAILABLE
3 The building blocks of Clojure—more functions, scope, namespaces, and metadata - AVAILABLE
4 Multimethod polymorphism - AVAILABLE
5 Exploring Clojure and Java Interop - AVAILABLE
6 State and the concurrent world - AVAILABLE
7 Evolving Clojure through macros - AVAILABLE
8 More on functional programming - AVAILABLE
9 Protocols, records, and types - AVAILABLE
10 Test-driven development and more - AVAILABLE
11 More macros and DSLs - AVAILABLE
Lisp gets a bad rap for being old school. In fact, so-called "modern" languages like Python, Java, Ruby, and C# are still catching up to Lisp's built-in concurrency features, full macro support, immutable data-structures, and high-performance elegance. Clojure is a new Lisp that runs on the JVM and offers full interoperability with Java libraries. It's perfect for creating small, fast, concurrent code that maximizes the potential of multi-core processors. While Clojure is most often used for large-scale, data-heavy, mission-critical applications, it is also perfect for writing DSLs and utilities.
Clojure in Action, Second Edition is a fully revised edition that covers the new features available in Clojure 1.5. This book provides a rapid introduction to the Clojure language, trading abstract theory for practical examples. You'll start by learning how to use Clojure as a general-purpose language. Next, you'll delve into Clojure's efficient concurrency model, which is based on the familiar database concept of Software Transactional Memory (STM). Then you'll find a new level of productivity through Clojure DSLs that will run on the JVM. Along the way you'll discover countless tips, tricks, and techniques for writing smaller, faster, safer code.
- Understand what the big deal is all about
- Learn Clojure without Lisp's academic baggage
- Review functional programming basics
- Learn concurrency programming with STM
- Master the metaprogramming possibilities with Clojure's macro system
- Interoperate safely and effectively with Java
- Learn how to create a non-trivial Clojure application
- Design systems as a set of mini languages (or DSLs)
Written for developers familiar with a programming language like C, Java, Ruby, or Python. Prior experience with Lisp is helpful but not required.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amit Rathore has 12 years of experience building large-scale, data-heavy applications for a variety of domains, from financial systems to health care to education. He's currently the vice president and head of the Innovation Lab at Staples Global E-Commerce.
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