Coming Soon: Getting Clojure

Getting Clojure
Build Your Functional Skills One Idea at a Time
by Russ Olsen
Behind every programming language lies a vision of how programs should be built. The vision behind Clojure is of a radically simple language framework holding together a sophisticated collection of programming features. Learning Clojure involves much more than just learning the mechanics of the language. To really get Clojure you need to understand the the ideas underlying this structure of framework and features. You need this book: an accessible introduction to Clojure that focuses on the ideas behind the language as well as the practical details of writing code.

I am the proud editor of Russ’s excellent book.
Read about it here, where it will be available for purchase later this month.

Fire in the Valley

I just wanted to remind everyone that Fire in the Valley, the seminal history of the personal computer, is available here. So if you missed the first edition back in 1984 or the second edition in 2000, you can read the latest edition, in which Paul Freiberger and I bring the story to a close, telling the whole life story of the personal computer from its birth to its recent death.

Or if you prefer listening, there’s an audiobook version.

Did I Mention…

My functional programming book is now on sale?

Functional programming is where it’s at. But different languages emphasize different approaches to functional programming. Some bolt functional capabilities onto an existing framework, some are built to be functional from the ground up. What would be nice is a book that explores functional thinking and functional style and idioms across different languages.

My book does that, through articles drawn from PragPub magazine. Led by expert guides, you’ll discover the distinct strengths and approaches of Clojure, Elixir, Haskell, Scala, and Swift and learn which best suits your needs.

Get it here.