Excel spreadsheets are ok for quick analysis, but when the rows are too many and the formulas are too complex, recalc time slows to a crawl. Plus, sharing a spreadsheet is cumbersome due to security and version control headaches. One solution: Moving away from the spreadsheet, and building a web app instead.
Clojure is a dialect of the Lisp programming language that runs on the on the Java virtual machine (JVM).
One advantage of running on the JVM: Clojure apps can leverage the vast library of Java apps that already exist. If a company has invested heavily in Java, they can bring Clojure into the mix without having to re-write their tried and tested Java code.
This post shows how to start experimenting with Clojure on Mac OS X.
SCNA has long been one of my favorite conferences. Reason: Rich conversations with other attendees. People who attend SCNA come from a wide range of developer communities and they represent most of the languages in use today. Each community grows stronger when we borrow good ideas from each other.
Mandla Magagula and I spoke via Skype yesterday morning. Mandla is a software developer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. When he’s not at work, Mandla and his team teach software craftsmanship to local youth. Mandla and I met at Ruby Fuza 2015 in Cape Town. His passion for teaching and learning radiates for anyone he meets, as you can see in this 20-minute video: