Issue 239 – August 21, 2017

Hi Clojurnators,

A big thing is happening in New Orleans in 2018.

And you can be a part of it.

I just finished (minutes ago) putting up the site for Clojure SYNC. It’s a Clojure conference I’m organizing. And it’s going to be awesome. It’s a lot of work putting one of these together (so they tell me). But all you have to do is buy a ticket, book a flight, and reserve a hotel room.

You can get the Early Bird rate now until September 21. With it you save $50.

The venue is booked and I’ve arranged a great deal at four hotels within walking distance. These are beautiful hotels and they’ve been so helpful getting all of this together. You can find links on the Lodging page to book rooms at the discounted rates. (Well, all except one, which I’m supposed to get today).

That rate does expire and the rooms are limited, so do book your hotel as soon as possible.

Finally, if you aren’t ready to buy just yet, please get on the mailing list to be notified of updates as they happen. I will still talk about it in this Newsletter a little, but I’ll give you more frequent updates on the Clojure SYNC dedicated list.

I hope to see you in New Orleans. Buy a ticket today.

Rock on!
Eric Normand <eric@purelyfunctional.tv>

PS I just set up the site, so please let me know if there are any problems. Thanks!


Web Development in Clojure

I mentioned last week that I would spend a good amount of time on revamping courses. Well, this was the first one I tackled, which was my second course ever.

There is now a complete GitHub repo for this course which I have tested to work. I also tagged each section in git to be sure you can never get lost. There’s also a complete written guide for both 30-minute lessons, which explains in more depth and links to documentation, along with copy-pastable code.

I’ve already shown it to some people and have gotten even more great suggestions for improvements, so be on the lookout for those.


Ways of Hearing

We are awash in a sea of media all the time. I use media in McLuhan’s sense, which is more like a synonym for technology. It’s basically anything that can change our relationship to our environment. In this way, the “medium is the message”. That is, the medium changes us regardless of the content.

That idea is rarely talked about, but this audio essay does it will. It shows how digital audio recording and playback have fundamentally changed how we record and how we listen. I can’t wait for the rest of the series.


“Deprecated” tag on PurelyFunctional.tv

As part of the work to keep courses up-to-date, I’ve coded up a new tag to mark things as deprecated. At least one of the courses (Complete Web App from Scratch) was too far gone to be updatable. I was too ambitious choosing the main library since even at the time it would change between lessons. Being deprecated means you can still watch it if you want to, but I don’t recommend starting the course if you haven’t already.


Barbara Liskov 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration Keynote YouTube

Dr. Liskov gives a personal history of the study of modular programming.