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Learning Clojure

I have always had a thing for functional programming. Not so much for functional languages maybe, but definitely for functional programming principles. I had learned a tiny bit of Lisp at the uni and have fond memories of reading “On Lisp” by Paul Graham, but I never really tried to learn any Lisp for real. Or, I tried to learn Common Lisp again by reading “Land of Lisp” but gave up very quickly. I have tried to learn other functional languages with varying degrees of success (ranging from “read a tutorial or two and got the general idea” to “solved a couple of exercises and/or write trivially small programs”), but for some reason none of them really stuck.

One of those times that I decided I would try to learn a new language, I tried Clojure. I had read some hype about it but remembered Common Lisp as annoying so I was sceptical. Although this is probably extremely unfair, and I don’t really have any experience with any Lisp that is not Common Lisp (and then again that was only a bit of uni stuff), I got this impression that Clojure had all the good bits of Lisp while avoiding a lot of stuff that really bothered me.

So, in case you have avoided Clojure because you (think you) hate Lisp, you should know that:

If you’re interested in learning Clojure, the book I used was Clojure Programming, which I found really nice and informative, and I totally recommend. Although I haven’t completely groked all the concepts yet because I haven’t had the chance to use them in real settings, I have a basic understanding of most Clojure stuff and I know I can go back to the book and re-read parts I need.

And while I haven’t really written anything big in Clojure yet, I have had some fun learning it making two (very) small projects:

I’m looking forward to using and learning more Clojure, and hopefully using it at work someday…