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Chapter 1. The Clojure Way

Clojure's Philosophy and Special Features

What is Clojure and why would someone want to learn it? At first glance, some may vote Clojure the least likely to succeed among modern programming languages, because it is new and complicated. Worst of all, it is just flat-out strange, a bewildering soup of parentheses and brackets to anyone not already familiar with the Lisp family of languages.

And yet, it is gaining popularity and momentum faster than any other new language on the market. First released to the public in fall 2007, and reaching its first stable release in May 2009, it already fosters an active, passionate community, a thriving ecosystem of libraries and tools, and is used in an increasing number of serious professional ...

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