PurelyFunctional.tv Newsletter 210: CLJS: Externs inference, Why CLJS?, Live editor
Issue 210 - January 30, 2017
The first time I tried ClojureScript, I gave up. I was under a deadline
there were serious differences like not being able to put
:use in the
ns declaration (we don't use
:use anymore even in Clojure). But I
eventually picked it back up when I had a chance and fell in love, again
(the first time was with Clojure itself. I know I might sound like a
fanboy. But I get deep into things that interest me, as we all do). The
differences between Clojure and ClojureScript brought focus to the
language. The incompatible things put a spotlight on Clojure's design
decision to be hosted. It's a brave decision that is still not
ClojureScript was still rough, but it worked and you could get around the problems. People were skeptical of ClojureScript, especially compared to the success of CoffeeScript. Then React and Om hit the scene and it seemed like riding a rocket ship. Suddenly, ClojureScript was leading the way in a new direction. ClojureScript certainly wasn't alone, but it popularized Clojure, compiling to JS, React, and functional programming.
It's good to see ClojureScript continuing to push the envelope. This time, with npm modules.
Rock on, ClojureScript!
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A new project from Zach Oakes. This one is an online ClojureScript editor. No installation needed to build a web app or a game. I've used Nightlight before for a Clojure training and it was a great experience.
Clojure Remote is offering admission to members of underrepresented groups.
How we program multicores YouTube
Joe Armstrong explaining how Erlang rocks the multicore world.
Alex Miller shows how we can use specs to specify Clojure's destructuring.
If you're interested in giving a talk, you still have a chance.
And now here comes someone with a better perspective to explain to newcomers: ClojureScript is for efficient state management. I'm not sure this is the optimal message for ClojureScript, but it's a good one.
Alan Kay Interview (1990) YouTube
As an Alan Kay fan, I was surprised to discover this gem of an interview. It's almost three hours long. He talks about the history of computing, education, and some of the research at Xerox PARC.
Back in May 2016, Elm moved away from FRP. That's interesting not because of what it left behind but because of the new architecture it proposes. What's interesting is that it is very similar to where the React world is going (with Re-frame, Om.next, and Redux). Does this signal that we have found the optimal way to do functional frontends?
Clojure/West is back in Portland this year. Their CFP is still open, but closes soon!