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Data, Visibility, and Abstraction – Development Using Clojure

YOW! Lambda Jam 2013

One reason programming is hard is because it is so difficult to observe what is happening when a program runs. Programming languages and libraries rely on abstractions which either hide important details or produce too much information to consume. Developers come to depend on ever-more-sophisticated tools to examine programs and diagnose failures. However, with a little care and design, it is possible to build systems which lend themselves to easier comprehension. This talk will introduce some general guidelines for designing systems which make their data and abstractions more transparent to developers, using code examples in Clojure.

Stuart Sierra

Clojure developer

Cognitect

United States


Stuart Sierra has been involved in Clojure since (almost) the very beginning and is the author of many open-source Clojure libraries. He developed one of the first real-world Clojure web applications, AltLaw. He is the co-author, with Luke VanderHart, of the book ClojureScript: Up and Running and Practical Clojure.

He is also a musician, writer, actor and New Yorker.