December 6, 2016

Recap From Clojure Conj 2016

This is the beginning of my recap from Clojure Conj 2016

This first post will only include what I can remember off the top of my head. It's interesting to see what left such an impression on me that I remember it days later.

In future posts I'll be digging into my notes

For now, lets just dig into what I have in RAM...

Tools Presented

  • Sayid - debugging tool
  • Barliman - code generation IDE
  • Proto-repl - visual repl bulit on top of Atom
  • Spectrum - static typing for clojure.spec

Techniques Presented

  • Omnicient Debugging
  • REPL Visualization
  • Simplifying ETL
  • Creating Composable Abstractions


  • pre-conference Datomic Training
  • The Complete Evisceration of the SemVer system
  • Hallway talks with some great Clojurists

This year Clojure.spec was a major feature in a lot talks. So much so that at times I wondered why it wasn't used more.

Datomic also beat out all other databases for the 4th straight year in a row

Calls to Action

  • grow your software
  • be nice to each other (don't break your public api)
  • mentor
  • consider helping university research departments
  • spec your codebase

Side notes

I drove back and forth from San Antonio to Austin every day which I didn't realize was going to be so exhausting. Looking back I'm wandering how delirious I must have seemed during the hallway talks.

I took a lot of notes at the conference so I'll be trying to dig into those and seeing if I can make any sense out of them. If you remember seeing someone in the front row frantically jotting down notes in a notebook, that was me.

December 12, 2016

Static site generators are just the worst

There's an 80/20 rule in technical blogging, 20% doing something worth talking about 80% fighting with your static site generator

Until I have that kind of time I'm taking a minmalist approach and just editing one file

Now lets get back out there and do something worth talking about. Or sleep. I should probably sleep right now

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