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The Curious Clojureist

Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.88, 8 ratings)

Clojure is the most interesting new language on the horizon, but many developers suffer from the Blub Paradox when they see the Lisp syntax. This talk introduces Clojure to developers who haven’t been exposed to it yet, focusing on the things that truly set it apart from other languages. I discuss all of Clojure’s syntax (in about 10 minutes), then delve into fascinating features like destructuring, building macros like thread-first and thread-last, the Atomic Succession Model of Concurrency, Clojure’s use of Protocols to organize code and solve The Expression Problem, and many more cool features. Come see why some of our most sophisticated projects are using Clojure.

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Neal Ford


Neal Ford is Director, Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at *Thought*Works, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of 6 books spanning a variety of technologies, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. He focuses on designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. Check out his web site at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at