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The Joy of Clojure by Michael Fogus
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Jan 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: clojure, lisp, programming
Read from April 14 to May 13, 2011

First things first, "The Joy of Clojure" really lives up to its name! Every page oozes with the excitement @fogus and @chrishouser have for the language and its community. This is exactly what makes this book such an enjoyable read, it's hard not to get drawn into the beauty of Clojure when you have two convinced developers sharing their passion with you.

That said JoC may not be a good first book to read for a Clojure newbie. It's deep like the language itself and it will take you a while to fully appreciate the elegance of what you encounter. I for one know that I'll be back to re-read sections that didn't fully sink in the first time around.

I'm willing to bet that Clojure is here to stay, and that "Joy of Clojure" will be seen as the Clojure book for quite some time to come. Why? Because it doesn't teach you the hows of the language, but the whys. Syntax may change between different Clojure versions, but the underlying concepts and design principles are likely to stay coherent.

All I can say is well done, this is exactly the type of book this beautiful language deserves!
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Michael YAY!

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Ruben Michael (actually, both Michael's here :) ) what book would you recommend for starting with Clojure? I did some hello world stuff a while back, and know quite a bit of Lisp (but almost no Java). This would definitely be next, though

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