Matthew Ratzke Clojure Remote 2017 Interview
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Matthew Ratzke will be giving a talk at Clojure Remote 2017. He will be speaking about Hoplon and Feathers.js.
PurelyFunctional.tv: How did you get into Clojure?
Matthew Ratzke: I had been working in the IT industry as a System Admin, building scripts and utility applications for years, basically DevOps before anyone knew what that was.
I started working on an automation platform for IT that would let me simplify my work, eventually I came to realize the problems with building something complex and dynamic, comes down to the language itself. At the time a friend of mine was pushing me to learn Lisp, so I looked around the internet and found a few dialects that I liked and started reading. I watched video lectures and read whitepapers until I had enough of an understanding to start building something. Out of all of this self-learning I eventually found Clojure, six months later I quit my job as a System Admin and founded my startup Degree9. Now we build custom DevOps solutions using Clojure/ClojureScript.
PF.tv: What is your talk about?
MR: We will be building a Chat application and giving a tutorial/walkthrough on how to do so with Hoplon/Feathers.js.
PF.tv: Who is your talk for?
MR: Anyone interested in building web applications, with or without a server component. It will be targeted towards developers familiar with ClojureScript however knowledge of the libraries/technologies used is not required.
PF.tv: What do you hope people will take away from the talk?
MR: A few things. From a high-level I want users to get a different perspective on how to structure applications, and the benefits of using a single language for both the client and server. In practice, I will be covering how to initialize a Hoplon/Feathers application. How Hoplon can be used to structure and build your application and how your client and server components should mirror each other.
PF.tv: What concepts do you recommend people be familiar with to maximize their experience with the talk?
MR: Being familiar with other Clojure(Script) technologies such as Reagent/Re-Frame or ring, etc.
Feathers server components are very similar to nodejs/express.
PF.tv: What resources are available for people who want to study up before the talk?
PF.tv: Where can people follow you online?
PF.tv: Are there any projects you'd like people to be aware of? How can people help out?
The Hoplon community is the best place to meet people and contribute to the projects.
PF.tv: Where do you see the state of Clojure in 10 years?
MR: Probably one of the most influential languages in the next wave of technology.
PF.tv: If Clojure were an animal, what animal would it be?
MR: I don’t think it would be, Clojure is more like DNA.