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 slated for 1.1
- Chunked seqs
- test in core
- many fixes and enhancements
- New features underway for post 1.1
- Parallel algorithms based upon latest ForkJoin
- Stu Halloway's terrific book, and more books on the way
- Peepcode's screencast
- 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!
Congratulations! I am relatively new to Clojure and am just reading Stuart's book along with the many tutorials, presentations, and of course Clojure.org.
Thank you for a very nice language, and your pragmatic approach to bring Lisp to the JVM.
I wish you the very best, and I hope to be along for the ride for a long time ;-)
Hey Rich, I can't thank you enough for Clojure. As a middleware sysadmin, Clojure helps me stay sane. Hope to see a book about Clojure written by you. All the best!
Congratulations, Rich. The results so far are already really impressive, yet I wish this to be only the start of a *very* long journey
Add to the list of blogs my new one ... http://disclojure.org
It's only 4 weeks old, so have some patience with it :)
I am pressed for time as always, but I've followed the project for quite some time and hope to be able to contribute something in 2010.
- Mark Beihoffer
(a.k.a. Jack Merlot, Perlmonks - Dragonfly)
Thanks for such a wonderful language!
> Stu Halloway's terrific book, and more books on the way
I hope this is a joke. Calling a book such as this "terrific" is doing a disservice to good books everywhere. The book read like a language documentation, and the main reason people are purchasing it is that the clojure documentations are so terribly organized.
Here's to hoping a better clojure book comes out. This great language is hindered by the lack of a decent book.
kink, I disagree.
I found the book to be a great way to learn Clojure, being a nice mix between tutorial and reference. Its straight to the point and doesn't waste time on basic programming concepts, assuming that you already know how to program.
Its not a book for people new to programming, but for people new to Clojure.
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