Ep 056: Opt-In Complexity
We discuss complexity and try to come up with a simple explanation for why Clojurians avoid it so ruthlessly.
Ep 055: Sets! What are they good for?
We examine one of the lesser used data structures in Clojure and talk about its unique characteristics and uses.
Ep 054: The Forest in the Trees
We discuss three powerful libraries (Specter, Spectacles, and clojure.walk) and where they might fit into our Clojure programs.
Ep 053: How can I save my data from serialization?
We record our thoughts on the many trade-offs we have encountered preserving our data when it leaves our programs.
Ep 052: Functions! Functions! Functions!
We wonder how we could function without these critical building blocks, so we catagorize their varied uses.
Ep 051: Maps! Maps! Maps!
We discuss maps and their useful features, including a key distinction that we couldn't live without.
Ep 050: Parentheses! Parentheses! Parentheses!
We defend the lowly parentheses, and discuss the benefits of having this stalwart shepherd dutifully organizing our code.
Ep 049: Keywords! Keywords! Keywords!
We examine all the fascinating properties of keywords, how to use them, and why they're so much better than strings and enums.
Ep 048: Help! How do I fix my REPL?
We catalog the many ways we've broken our REPLs and talk through our strategies for getting back on track.
Ep 047: What is "nil punning"?
We gaze into the nil and find a surprising number of things to talk about.
Ep 046: When is Clojure not the right tool for the job?
We look at the varied forms that Clojure can assume and consider where it might not fit.
Ep 045: Why have derived fields in data when I can just calculate derived data as needed with a function?
We take a focused look at the balance of using functions or derived fields and where each is preferable.
Ep 044: What's so different about Clojure's REPL?
We evaluate what a REPL really is and show that it's much more about the developer experience than simply calculating values.
Ep 043: What is 'faking' a resource?
We talk about the virtues of faking and then outline several real techniques for getting work done.
Ep 042: What does it mean to be 'data-oriented'?
We merge together different aspects of Clojure's data orientation and specify which of those help make development more pleasant.
Ep 041: Why do Clojurians make such a big deal about immutability?
We cover several practical side effects of immutability and why we've become such big fans of data that doesn't let us down.
Ep 040: Should I use lein, boot, or tools.deps?
We assemble a list of build tool characteristics and talk about how each tool stacks up before giving our recommendations.
Ep 039: Why use Clojure over another functional language?
We examine the different categories of functional programming languages and distill out what differentiates Clojure and why we prefer it.
Ep 038: How do I convince my coworkers to use Clojure?
We recall our own experiences evangelizing Clojure and give practical advice from the trenches.
Ep 037: What Advice Would You Give to Someone Getting Started With Clojure?
We trade off giving practical tips for intrepid learners reminisce about our own paths into Clojure.