In Clojure, the primary representation of code is the S-expression that takes the form of nested sequences (lists and vectors). The majority of Clojure's functions are designed to operate on sequences. As a result, Clojure code can be manipulated using the same functions that are used to manipulate Clojure data. In other words, there is no distinction between code and data. Code is data. This property is known as homoiconicity. This article will explore this concept.
Some business needs require you to limit the number of times you do something. An example of this would be sending a daily email to users. You could achieve this by making sure you run the function only once per day. However, if that function were to crash part way through how would you know which users had already been sent their daily email and which hadn't? Resolving this without sending some users multiple emails could be a large time sink. A more robust solution would be to make the email sending function idempotent; meaning the effects of the function are applied only once per user per day and any additional applications do nothing. This article will explore one approach to solving this problem in Clojure.
I was solving an Advent of Code problem and part of the solution required generating all the permutations of a set of numbers. Permutation is the act of arranging the members of a set into different orders. I wanted to write a recursive solution rather than an imperative solution. After some searching I found a Scheme implementation. As Scheme and Clojure are both dialects of Lisp, translating one into the other wasn't too difficult.
Clojure provides a powerful namespace for manipulating HTML/XML called clojure.zip. It uses the concept of functional zipper (see Functional Pearls The zipper) to make manipulating hierarchical data structures simple and efficient. This article will cover how to use zippers to manipulate HTML/XML in Clojure.
A tuple is a finite ordered sequence of elements. A common use of tuples in Clojure is for representing pairs of data that are related; for example a key and a value when mapping over a map (hashmap/dictionary). That being said, tuples can be of any length and are a common way of representing larger sets of related data in languages that don't use maps as prolifically as Clojure. This articles explores sorting tuples in Clojure.
HTML and XML are ubiquitous, whether it's the pages of a static site or configuration for a logger, being able to programmatically generate these files can be really powerful. This article will cover how to generate HTML and XML files in Clojure.
Java 8 introduced java.time to replace the existing java representations of time java.util.Date, java.sql.Timestamp etc. There were many problems with this old implementation: it wasn't thread safe, it had a clunky API and no built in representation for timezones. java.time is the successor to the fantastic joda.time project which solves all these problems. So if java.time fixes everything then why this article? Well, java.sql.Timestamp still rears its ugly head at the database layer where it is still the default representation of time in the java.jdbc database drivers. In this article we will cover how to automate the conversion between java.sql.Timestamp and java.time so you never have to deal with java.sql.Timestamp again.