10Clojure Metaphysics: Atoms, Refs, Vars, and Cuddle Zombies


The Three Concurrency Goblins are all spawned from the same pit of evil: shared access to mutable state. You can see this in the reference cell discussion in Chapter 9. When two threads make uncoordinated changes to the reference cell, the result is unpredictable.

Rich Hickey designed Clojure to specifically address the problems that develop from shared access to mutable state. In fact, Clojure embodies a very clear conception of state that makes it inherently safer for concurrency than most popular programming languages. It’s safe all the way down to its meta-freakin-physics.

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