As with the first year, it's been a thrilling ride, with phenomenal growth. Some highlights (in no particular order, and omitting much, I'm sure):
- The release of Clojure 1.0, and many happy users of this stable version
- New features underway for post 1.1
- Parallel algorithms based upon latest ForkJoin
- A viable CLR port, thanks to David Miller
- Lots of libraries, some with their own user groups
- Great growth in contrib
- Ever improving tools and IDE support
- At least five-fold increase in users and contributors (22,000+ messages from 2600+ list members, 90+ registered contributors)
- Talks I've given at ILC, QCon, JavaOne, Microsoft, JVM Language Summit, JAOO
- Many talks about Clojure given by others
- Clojure user groups springing up around the world
- Success stories from real-world applications
- Upcoming courses
It is clear that Clojure is taking off, and I attribute that to the fantastic community that has sprung up around it. Everyone continues to be supportive and friendly, and that matters quite a bit to newcomers who need help. It was great to hop on the #clojure irc this morning to find old hands chouser, cgrand and 170 others chatting away.
It takes much more than just the core language to make a language successful, and I want to thank everyone for your continued effort, support, suggestions, donations and patches. You are what makes Clojure great - find some cake and celebrate!