Chapter 2Rapid Feedback Cycles with Clojure

Hopefully you found Chapter 1 to be a good overview of Clojure and why it is an ideal choice for your development language. Clojure's approach to functional programming, laziness, mutability, and other concepts make it a good candidate for web development. You've likely chosen Clojure for many of these reasons, but an important part of being successful with any language is being productive.

There are multiple aspects that factor into your productivity with a given language, but perhaps one of the most important aspects is feedback. Decreasing the amount of time spent waiting on feedback is a critical part of improving your productivity in any language. Shortening the feedback cycle is a problem that is addressed not only by specific languages and the tooling for that language but by development methodologies in general. Ideas like agile programming, continuous integration, and test-driven development have shorter feedback cycles as one of their goals.

Of course, high-level approaches to developing projects like these are outside the scope of this book. This chapter dives into how you can be more productive with Clojure in your day-to-day work—specifically, how you can decrease the length of your feedback cycle with Clojure both ...

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