PurelyFunctional.tv Newsletter 297: Beginner Experience Edition

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Hi Clojurists (beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced),

I wanted to write a long diatribe about how much Cognitect does to improve the error messages and about the generosity of releasing Clojure as open source. But I'm tired. I'm tired of all the complaining!

So I'm just going to ask for a favor. Clojure/conj is coming up. I can't make it this year, unfortunately. But if you are going, when you're there, and you see Rich, just walk up to him and say "Thank you for all of your work". He works hard on Clojure and you don't pay anything for it. He deserves at least a "thanks".

I was this close to quitting programming about eight years ago. I was looking into becoming a school teacher. It was only the growth of functional programming, in no small part due to Rich, that kept me around. I know what it's like when people online loudly disrespect my work. And Clojure is 100 times more popular than anything I've done. The disrespect is probably 100 times more.

You should go the extra mile. The Conj is a little more than a month away. Start planning now, and get Rich, or Stu, or Alex, or someone a gift. Something small but meaningful. Present the gift when you say thank you. It's not about "paying them back". It's about showing your appreciation, because that's about all the payment they'll ever get.

Rock on!
Eric Normand <eric@purelyfunctional.tv>

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