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Clojure is a Secret Weapon

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Why Clojure? I come from a background of programming in Java and using other languages such as Ruby and Python. Let me make an opinionated case for Clojure, and then to take you on a journey of some of the projects we’ve done, and how it’s become a secret weapon for the companies that use it. More simplicity and less overall code – what are the pros and what are the cons?

I’ll discuss how it matches up against other languages, and how it embodies the philosophy of FP with immutability at the heart, and what the benefits are of a modern day Lisp. Then we’ll do some live coding in the Emacs REPL . What can go wrong?

Bio of Me:

Jon Pither is a development team leader, having led several high profile Clojure projects including introducing Clojure at multiple Investment Banks, an online newspaper website, a major property portal, and an international public electric bikes scheme. Jon is a co-founder of JUXT (, a consultancy specialising in using Clojure and other best of breed technologies. Prior to JUXT , Jon worked as a senior consultant at ThoughtWorks where he became well versed in Agile software development techniques. Throughout his career, Jon has authored and led training courses, ranging from Java and TDD to more recently Clojure based learning courses.

Bio of JUXT :

JUXT is a software engineer firm. Our model is simple: Use best of breed technologies along with the best people we can find, to deliver results for our clients. We love technology and we want to share back to software development community.


Clojure was invented by Rich Hickey 10 years ago – check out his landmark talk:

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