Chapter 5. Collection types

It’s better to have 100 functions operate on one data structure than 10 functions on 10 data structures.

Alan Perlis[1]

1 “Epigrams on Programming,” ACM SIGPLAN 17, no. 9 (September 1982).

This chapter covers

  • Persistence, sequences, and complexity
  • Vectors: creating and using them in all their varieties
  • Lists: Clojure’s code form data structure
  • How to use persistent queues
  • Persistent sets
  • Thinking in maps
  • Finding the position of items in a sequence

Clojure provides a rich set of composite data types, or collection types, and we’ll cover them all: vectors, lists, queues, sets, and maps. In this chapter, we’ll dig into the strengths and weaknesses of each. We’ll spend more time on vectors and maps than ...

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