Clojure Presentation at The Object Technology User Group Meeting

Tue, 2009-07-21 17:30 - 21:00
  • Speaker: Stuart Halloway, co-founder of Relevance, Inc
  • Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2009
  • Time: 5:30 - 9:00 PM
  • Location: University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul Campus
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Room: TBD

This event is hosted by The Object Technology User Group.

Clojure is a Lisp dialect that runs in a Java Virtual Machine and has built-in Java interoperability. From the Clojure web page:

Clojure is a dynamic programming language that targets the Java Virtual Machine. It is designed to be a general-purpose language, combining the approachability and interactive development of a scripting language with an efficient and robust infrastructure for multithreaded programming. Clojure is a compiled language - it compiles directly to JVM bytecode, yet remains completely dynamic. Every feature supported by Clojure is supported at runtime. Clojure provides easy access to the Java frameworks, with optional type hints and type inference, to ensure that calls to Java can avoid reflection.

Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system. Clojure is predominantly a functional programming language, and features a rich set of immutable, persistent data structures. When mutable state is needed, Clojure offers a software transactional memory system and reactive Agent system that ensure clean, correct, multithreaded designs.