After a dozen obsolete books on Windows, Visual Basic, and so on, he shouted out "On Lisp". I was already using Clojure at home, and I recognized the author, so I lunged for it. None of the other programmers had even heard of Lisp, and had no idea why we had the book, so they let me keep it. I wonder how many other old, crusty software shops have gems like that just collecting dust.
To the HN crowd, this is almost unbelievable, but it is not the worst I've heard. This summer, going on a vacation, I sat next to a working programmer who's knowledge of programming and the programming languages begins and ends with C#. He had no knowledge of Ruby, Perl, Python, open source, git, ...
before i began i knew (well enough to make use of) C, vala and a small amount of lisp and PHP
And Clojure isn't for me. I'm no JVM user.
I took the better part of a year to feel quite comfortable with Lisp. A few years later, I am still learning things.
It does take you in a different direction than all of the most popular languages. Personally, it has been worth the effort.
Anybody that wants a deeper understanding of Lisp should read, but with the understanding that it's not a shake-n-bake recipe book.
The last time I wrote an anaphoric macro (let alone the scope-capturing one), the Clojure IRC channel had a heart-attack.
Is Clojure "lighter" (for a lack of a better term) than lisp?
Easier to learn in some respects, yet deeper if you look for it.
I've found it easier to teach Clojure than I had Common Lisp in the past, yet Clojure has helped me to grow more as a programmer.
There's very little that you can do in CL, that you cannot in Clojure. That which you can't is often very limited and unimportant ultimately.
There are many things that are either impossible or hopelessly painful in Common Lisp that are commonplace in Clojure.
It is shocking how much code I write in Clojure is either:
2. Stateful and multi-threaded, yet thread-safe.
What's the full address?
winner 1993 world baseball series - Toronto Blue Jays.
Now take the winnings and buy Netscape stock:-)
Discussion 2 weeks ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6273692
In the discussion was mentioned this link (thanks @nonrecursive!) with instructions to print your own copy on lulu :
But shows how much a classic it is.