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Clojure Applied by Alex Miller, Ben Vandgrift

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Use What Works

Clojure has been assembled out of established ideas. That exemplifies one of its core principles: use what works. Our desire to invent and deadline pressures can make a thorough evaluation of an existing system hard to justify, so we sometimes find ourselves re-solving solved problems.

When building an application, you wouldn’t write an authentication and authorization system from scratch, a web framework, and certainly not a database—not if you could use an existing tool that solves the problem. This is as true of ideas as it is of libraries.

When encountering a problem, a savvy developer will spend some time trying to find a sound existing solution. It’s possible to find a library in Clojure, but equally possible is the discovery ...

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