What is Clojure?
Clojure 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. Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system.
Clojure is a tool in the Languages category of a tech stack.
Clojure is an open source tool with 9.2K GitHub stars and 1.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Clojure's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Clojure?
236 companies reportedly use Clojure in their tech stacks, including Nubank, Accenture, and GO-JEK.
978 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Clojure.
Java, Rollbar, Airbrake, ClojureScript, and Google Code Prettify are some of the popular tools that integrate with Clojure. Here's a list of all 19 tools that integrate with Clojure.
Pros of Clojure
It is a lisp
Persistent data structures
Code is data
Lazy data structures
Immutable by default
Multiple host languages
Simple (not easy!)
Because it's really fun to use
It creates Reusable code
Programmable programming language
Regained interest in programming
Share a lot of code with clojurescript/use on frontend
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Clojure Alternatives & Comparisons
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