On Saturday April 18, Kriszta, Jarkyn, and Denise took part in London’s first-ever Clojurebridge workshop, hosted at uSwitch’s sunny offices in Southwark. We learned TONS of Clojure – our brains were mush by the end of the day! – and were able to experience how a workshop can successfully cater for many different experience levels. The students participating in the workshop came from all different backgrounds. Some were full-time developers looking to pick up some functional programming as a hobby; others were newcomers to coding altogether.
We worked our way through the Clojurebridge tutorials relatively quickly, then spent lots of time experimenting with our new skills. We wired together a basic web API and practiced making requests to some public APIs, which is where Clojure really steps up to bat. I was sold on Clojure when I saw how elegantly and efficiently you can traverse an HTTP response.
But, a blog post on Clojurebridge would be incomplete without a shoutout to the amount of hospitality we received! The organisers, sponsors, and hosts made sure there was no chance of us going hungry at any point. A constant stream of bagels, fruit, cheese, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and beer kept us caffeinated and energized. Codebar has to step up our game now… :)
For anyone interested in learning Clojure, there are a wealth of resources online. Here are a small handful of them:
For information on Clojurebridge London and their upcoming events, check out their official website. There is also a vibrant community of London Clojurians who hold weekly meetups in various formats.