Clojure vs. The Static Typing World

October 26, 2017
Rich Hickey explained the design choices behind Clojure and made many statements about static typing along the way. Share an interesting perspective and some stories from my time as a Haskell programmer. I conclude with a design challenge for the statically typed world.

Programming Paradigms and the Procedural Paradox

August 30, 2017
I break down two perspectives (their features and their methodologies) for the three most common paradigms. I also explore why paradigms are so easy to argue about, and what we can do about it.

Can I do FP in my language?

August 02, 2017
We address the question directly, but then look deeper to the beliefs behind the question.

When in doubt, refactor at the bottom

June 26, 2017
We explore when it is safe to extract out an abstraction and when you need to go deeper and rebuild it from scratch.

What is an abstraction?

June 25, 2017
We explore some of the background behind the meaning of the word abstraction and why we do it.

What should a Clojure framework look like?

June 21, 2017
After exploring why frameworks and why not frameworks, I dive into the design priorities I think a web framework should have.

The arguments against web frameworks

June 20, 2017
We explore three arguments against frameworks, address them, then turn them into challenges to be overcome.

Why do we use Web Frameworks?

June 19, 2017
While contemplating a Clojure web framework, I explore the reasons we use web frameworks in general. I conclude that the framework should support a learnable development process.

Should Cognitect do More for Clojure?

May 25, 2017
Poor open-source development practices, neglect for the beginner experience, and lack of communication have come up as complaints against how Cognitect stewards Clojure. I address the complaints with a plea that we do more as a community.

Defn Podcast Transcript

May 11, 2017
I was on the Defn Podcast. We talked about Clojure, testing, and PHP :) Here is a transcript.