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|Designed by||Rich Hickey|
|Stable release||1.6 / March 25, 2014|
|Typing discipline||dynamic, strong|
|Influenced by||Common Lisp, Erlang, Haskell, ML, Prolog, Scheme, Java, Ruby|
|License||Eclipse Public License|
|Filename extension(s)||.clj, .edn|
Clojure's focus on programming with immutable values and explicit progression-of-time constructs are intended to facilitate the development of more robust programs, particularly multithreaded ones.
Rich Hickey is the creator of the Clojure programming language, with work experience on scheduling systems, broadcast automation, audio analysis and fingerprinting, database design, yield management, exit poll systems, and machine listening. Before Clojure, he developed dotLisp, a similar project based on the .NET platform.
Hickey spent about 2½ years working on Clojure before publicly releasing it, much of that time working exclusively on Clojure without external funding. At the end of this period Hickey sent an email announcing the language to some friends in the Common Lisp community.
Clojure's approach to state is characterized by the concept of identities, which represent it as a series of immutable states over time. Since states are immutable values, any number of workers can operate on them in parallel, and concurrency becomes a question of managing changes from one state to another. For this purpose, Clojure provides several mutable reference types, each having well-defined semantics for the transition between states.
Like most other Lisps, Clojure's syntax is built on S-expressions that are first parsed into data structures by a reader before being compiled. Clojure's reader supports literal syntax for maps, sets and vectors in addition to lists, and these are compiled to the mentioned structures directly. Clojure is a Lisp-1, and is not intended to be code-compatible with other dialects of Lisp.
Clojure's macro system is very similar to that in Common Lisp with the exception that Clojure's version of the backquote (called "syntax quote") qualifies symbols with their namespace. This helps prevent unintended name capture, as binding to namespace-qualified names is forbidden. It is possible to force a capturing macro expansion, but this must be done explicitly. Clojure does not have reader macros, but the reader supports a more constrained form of syntactic extension.
- Tight Java integration: Clojure applications can be easily packaged and deployed to JVMs and application servers. The included standard library provides macros which make it simple to use existing Java APIs. Likewise, Clojure internals and Clojure code are easily accessible from Java. The community uses leiningen for project automation, which integrates with the Maven Java library ecosystem.
- Dynamic development with a read-eval-print loop.
- Functions as first-class objects.
- Emphasis on recursion and higher-order functions instead of side-effect-based looping.
- Lazy sequences.
- Provides a rich set of immutable, persistent data structures (including hashmaps, sets and lists).
- Concurrent programming through software transactional memory, an agent system, and a dynamic var system.
- Multimethods to allow dynamic dispatch on the types and values of any set of arguments (cf. the usual object-oriented polymorphism which dispatches on the type of what is effectively the first method argument).
- Protocols and Datatypes, which provide a high-performance, dynamic polymorphism construct as an alternative to interfaces, while avoiding the Expression Problem.
Variations on the Clojure language have been developed for platforms other than the JVM:
- ClojureCLR, a full port of Clojure to the Common Language Runtime, interoperable with .NET libraries
- las3r, a subset of Clojure that runs on the ActionScript Virtual Machine (the Adobe Flash Player platform)
- clojure-py, an implementation of Clojure in pure Python
- rouge, an implementation of Clojure on top of YARV in Ruby
- CljPerl, an implementation of Clojure on top of Perl.
(println "Hello world!")
Defining a function:
(defn square [x] (* x x))
GUI "Hello world" by calling the Java Swing library:
(javax.swing.JOptionPane/showMessageDialog nil "Hello World" )
A thread-safe generator of unique serial numbers (though note that like many other Lisp dialects, Clojure has a built-in
gensym function for this purpose):
(let [i (atom 0)] (defn generate-unique-id "Returns a distinct numeric ID for each call."  (swap! i inc)))
An anonymous subclass of
java.io.Writer that doesn't write to anything, and a macro using it to silence all prints within it:
(def bit-bucket-writer (proxy [java.io.Writer]  (write [buf] nil) (close  nil) (flush  nil))) (defmacro noprint "Evaluates the given expressions with all printing to *out* silenced." [& forms] `(binding [*out* bit-bucket-writer] ~@forms)) (noprint (println "Hello, nobody!"))
10 threads manipulating one shared data structure, which consists of 100 vectors each one containing 10 (initially sequential) unique numbers. Each thread then repeatedly selects two random positions in two random vectors and swaps them. All changes to the vectors occur in transactions by making use of Clojure's software transactional memory system.
(defn run [nvecs nitems nthreads niters] (let [vec-refs (->> (range (* nvecs nitems)) (partition nitems) (map (comp ref vec)) vec) swap #(let [v1 (rand-int nvecs) v2 (rand-int nvecs) i1 (rand-int nitems) i2 (rand-int nitems)] (dosync (let [tmp (nth @(vec-refs v1) i1)] (alter (vec-refs v1) assoc i1 (nth @(vec-refs v2) i2)) (alter (vec-refs v2) assoc i2 tmp)))) report #(let [derefed (map deref vec-refs)] (prn derefed) (println "Distinct:" (->> derefed (apply concat) distinct count)))] (report) (dorun (apply pcalls (repeat nthreads #(dotimes [_ niters] (swap))))) (report))) (run 100 10 10 100000)
Output of previous example:
([0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9] [10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19] ... [990 991 992 993 994 995 996 997 998 999]) Distinct: 1000 ([382 318 466 963 619 22 21 273 45 596] [808 639 804 471 394 904 952 75 289 778] ... [484 216 622 139 651 592 379 228 242 355]) Distinct: 1000
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- Official website
- GitHub code repository for Clojure
- A comprehensive overview of Clojure
- An overview of Clojure 1.2 in reference format
- Full Disclojure - Screencast
- Clojure talks on Youtube
- Clojure talks on Blip.tv[dead link]
- clojuredocs.org - Community-powered documentation and examples
- clojure-doc.org - Community-driven documentation site for the Clojure programming language
- 4clojure.com - Interactive Clojure Problems
- TryClojure - An online REPL for Clojure
- Clojure on infoq.com
- Clojure community and resources on Facebook
- R.Hickey presentation "Are We There Yet?" where he advocates for the reexamination of basic principles like state, identity, value, time, types, genericity, complexity, as they are used by OOP. 2009