Chapter 1Getting Your Feet Wet

In the Introduction, we looked at some of the benefits of the functional style when it comes to writing applications. Of course, you can’t learn a language by just reading about it. To really get a feel for it, you have to write some code yourself.

In this chapter you’ll dive right in and build a guestbook application that allows users to leave messages for one another. You’ll see the basic structure of a web application, set up necessary tools for effective Clojure development, and get a feel for how web development in Clojure works. If you’re new to Clojure, we recommend you read through Appendix 1, Clojure Primer, for a crash course on the basic concepts and syntax.

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