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Clojure Made Simple: How "simple" is the books content?

 
Chris Creed
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Good evening

Was wondering what the target audience of this book would be, or how "simple" will it be? Is it geared towards those that have experience in another functional language? Any coding experience at all? Completely raw right off the street? Will it explain why Clojure could offer that other language such as Scala and Java cannot?
 
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Chris Creed wrote:Good evening

Was wondering what the target audience of this book would be, or how "simple" will it be? Is it geared towards those that have experience in another functional language? Any coding experience at all? Completely raw right off the street? Will it explain why Clojure could offer that other language such as Scala and Java cannot?


The book requires no prior knowledge of functional programming, the aim is to help any one understand the basics of Clojure. You should be able to write simple Clojure applications and quickly evaluate for yourself if you are ready to invest more time in learning Clojure.

There are many great books out there that go into Clojure in a great depth, although they can be hard going for those new to functional programming. So Clojure Made Simple aims to grow curiosity about Clojure and encourage you to go and learn more.
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In 100 pages its not possible to introduce all of Clojure, never mind draw comparisons to other languages. If you want a comparison, then this has been done very well in the book 7 languages in 7 weeks, so there seemed no need to repeat that.

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John Stevenson wrote:the aim is to help any one understand the basics of Clojure.

Hi John,

I've been asking about the contents of the book before as I couldn't find it on Amazon and alike.

Do you present the value proposition of Clojure and why Clojure or functional programming in general in this book? People keep asking me these questions many times and usually fall short to bring valid examples (without overwhelming them with the concepts of immutability, composition or such).

How far does this book go to explain why's rather than how's?

Jacek
 
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