On Wednesday, April 26, I gave a talk at Webit 2017 in Sofia about mentoring and movies. The video isn’t online yet, but I write these things as effectively a long speech, so my original notes should work as a transcript.
Interruptions are one of the best ways to squander time and money, but the value chain is not always obvious. This handy guide will help you make the case for why you should be interrupting your developers (nay, any employee!) regularly.
This is something of an open letter to team leads and managers out there: you need to be as transparent with your team as you are legally and contractually allowed to.
Have you gone over the fundamentals on Reading Clojure? Did you shake off that preconception that there’s some magic syntax to declaring and evaluating things beyond the list?
Great! Let’s now go over other things you might encounter when looking at a random source file. I’m first going to give you an overview of types and related things. After it, we’ll then we get into the good stuff like going over a project, and the weird stuff like
#, the quote and other squiggles.
Back in early December I held a Clojure workshop for the Bucharest Functional Programming meet up. Having to explain the language to developers who were completely new at it was an interesting experience. I decided to start from the ground up: how to even read the blasted thing.
Choosing a branching model for macchiato
Lately, I’ve been working on Macchiato to bring web application development libraries for ClojureScript on Node.js. Get a few people of different backgrounds involved on a project, and pretty soon a discussion about methodology will emerge.
Since both Dmitri Sotnikov and myself are working on some libraries at the same time, we had to decide which approach to use.
There are two major alternatives: Git-flow and Github-flow (with Gitlab-flow being a slightly more elaborate version).
Let’s review them.
Once again I’m doing a personal project that requires me to do some HTML parsing. If you have had to look at it, the landscape of Clojure HTML parsing libraries seems to be littered with dead projects.
Let’s look at the options.
Now that we have our Clojure application tested every time we push it to Gitlab, let’s configure another stage to deploy it to Heroku.
This assumes that:
- Anything you merge to
master is ready to deploy,
- You have your Heroku API key handy, and
- You already have a Heroku app configured, with all the necessary environment variables.
There’s two ways we can do this.
Gitlab allows you not only to have free private repositories, but also to test them using free runners. These can run automatically, on push, for any branch or tag.
I keep a few private repositories with them, for personal projects and small experiments. I decided to give Gitlab CI a shot for a PostgreSQL-backed Clojure project.
There’s a basic example on the Gitlab CI repository. It gets and installs lein, which isn’t necessary. Instead, we’ll build use the
clojure:lein Docker image.
J. Pablo Fernández has recently posted a piece with the incendiary title of “Emacs is Hurting Clojure“.
I disagree with the idea behind the title, but then again, he seems to do so himself. He promptly clarifies: