The Future of Clojure Tooling
Ah, the future! Such an exciting topic! It’s always a lot of fun to speculate on what will follow next, isn’t it? You know what’s twice as exciting (at least for programmers) - discussing the future of Clojure development tools, those underappreciated workhorses that make our lives hacking with Clojure easier, more fun and more productive.
In this talk we’ll examine the current state of the broader Clojure tooling ecosystem, contrast the approaches taken by the most popular development tools out there, and try to give you a sense of their strengths and weaknesses. We’ll then skip to a discussions of some interesting efforts to improve the existing tool stack, happening right now in the community, and dream about the day they’ll come to fruition. And the day right after it.
Ideally, when all is set and done you’ll have a much better understanding of how popular Clojure development tools are working, and more appreciation for all the efforts that go into them. Perhaps you’ll even get inspired enough to start contributing to some tools. :-)
The spiritual successor to a long line of past talks on CIDER, nREPL, Documentation, and other aspects of Clojure tooling such as:
- CIDER Distilled: A Common Foundation for Clojure Tooling | Clojure South 2019
- nREPL Redux | Dutch Clojure Days 2019
- Towards Awesome Clojure Documentation | ClojuTRE 2017
- CIDER Inside the Brewery | Clojure/West 2016
- The Evolution of the Emacs Tooling for Clojure | Clojure/Conj 2014
Bozhidar is the maintainer of CIDER, nREPL, a dozen related projects, and the editor of the community Clojure style guide. Most people would probably describe him as an Emacs zealot (and they would be right). He’s also quite fond of the Lisp family of languages, functional programming in general and Clojure in particular.