Clojure Gazette 1.26

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Clojure Gazette

Issue 1.26 - December 02, 2012

editorial

Cool stuff


This week I found some great stuff. Some of it is Clojure-related, some is software-engineering, and some is just awesome that I had to share.

Enjoy!
Eric Normand <ericwnormand@gmail.com>

PS. I love to hear from you. Just hit reply!

music
Functional Composition (video)

Chris Ford builds up musical theory in a functional way from the basics of sound synthesis to a piece by Bach. Each step in the process is a simple abstraction over parts defined in the previous step.
logic
logic_99

Dave Ray:
Me working through 99 Prolog Problems using Clojure's core.logic. Since I don't really know what I'm doing, critical feedback on how to effectively and idiomatically apply core.logic to these problems is more than welcome. I'll probably poke through them very slowly as time permits.
practical
Optimized for Change: Architecture @ Etsy (video)

Kellan Elliott-McCrea explains their process for making Etsy both scalable and more human-centered. One of the key points is that they choose boring but proven technology. Very down-to-earth stuff.
web
Interactive websites with Clojure, ClojureScript, and REST (video)

Writing a fully compliant web application is not a simple task. HTTP is complex. Malcom Sparks explains Liberator (then called compojure-rest) and how to leverage it to build web applications that conform to the HTTP spec. I use Liberator myself (and recommended it in issue 1.20) and can say that Liberator is exactly as complex as HTTP itself, which is exactly how it should be. It does not hide anything, nor does it get in the way.
in the kitchen
Modernist Cuisine at Home (video)

A look inside the production of a beautiful and in-depth book about bringing modernist (scientific and experimental) techniques to cooking. If you are into food and food science, you must watch this.
data structures
Eventually-Consistent Data Structures (video)

Sean Cribbs presents data structures that are built to allow them to always have commutable operations.
languages
Fledgling Languages List
This site provides a list of programming languages which are just starting out in the world. Feel free to submit your own, or ones you know about!
reading
Nippy
Nippy is an attempt to provide a drop-in, high-performance alternative to the reader.
education
Kling on Education and the Internet (audio)

An interesting podcast about the role the internet and other modern technology should and will play in the future of education.
Alan Kay
SRII 2011 - Keynote Talk by Alan Kay (video)

Alan Kay refining his presentation about the unfulfilled vision of the personal computer and his vision for the future of the internet. Bottom line: innovation has stagnated!
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