All The Paths

April 18, 2018

With the recent arrival of clj and tools.deps.alpha as a "standard" lightweight way to run Clojure programs and the seed for tooling based on deps.edn dependency files, it's time to take a look at the terminology used across Clojure's various tools.

Running Java/JVM Programs

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Boot localrepo?

November 17, 2017

Sometimes you just can't help having a "random 3rd part JAR file" in your project. The best practice is, of course, to upload it to your preferred Maven-compatible repository via whatever service or software you use for all your in-house shared artifacts. But sometimes you just want to play with that JAR file locally, or you haven't gotten around to running your own shared repository.

If you're using Leiningen, you'll probably reach for the excellent lein-localrepo which lets you "install" your random JAR file into your local Maven cache (in ~/.m2/repository).

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Release 0.7.0 of clojure.java.jdbc

July 17, 2017

The stable 0.7.0 release of java.jdbc -- the Clojure Contrib JDBC library -- has been baking for over a year, across of a trail of alpha and beta releases, and is now, finally, available!

While you could read the java.jdbc Change Log to figure out what is new in this release, I thought it would be easier to consolidate all the changes into a blog post, with changes organized by category, and provide justification for the various changes.

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seancorfield/boot-new has moved to boot/new

January 19, 2017

I'm pleased to announce that the "Boot new" task formerly known as seancorfield/boot-new has moved to the Boot organization, as boot-clj/boot-new and that the group/artifact ID is now boot/new.

You can use this to easily create a new Boot-based project:

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Clojure, New Relic, and Slow Application Startup

July 29, 2016

A couple of years ago, I blogged about instrumenting Clojure for New Relic monitoring and we've generally been pretty happy with New Relic as a service overall. A while back, we had tried to update our New Relic Agent (used with our Tomcat-based web applications) from 3.21.0 to 3.25.0 and we ran into exceedingly long application start times, so we rolled back and continued on with 3.21.0. Recently, we decided to update the Agent to 3.30.1 to take advantage of advertised performance improvements and security enhancements. Once again we ran into exceedingly long application start times.

An application that took just over four minutes to start up fully with 3.21.0 was taking around forty minutes to start up with 3.30.1 -- an order of magnitude slower!

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Start Your Engine

July 18, 2016

Today I'm inspired by the latest issue of Eric Normand's Clojure Gazette which talks about why his "Joy of Programming" comes from learning and exploration.

I got into programming as a child because I was curious about solving puzzles and problems: given the (relatively) limited vocabulary of a programming language and its input and output features, and some interesting problem that came to mind, can I solve it in a usable (and hopefully elegant) way?

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More Boot

June 17, 2016

Back in February I talked about boot-new and talked about a "future 1.0.0 release". We're not there yet, but generators got added in release 0.4.0 and, in the four minor releases since, the focus has been on refactoring to match the core Boot task structure and improving compatibility with Leiningen templates. At World Singles, we've continued to extend our usage of Boot until we have only a couple of Ant tasks left and we expect those to be within Boot's reach soon. In this post, I want to cover some of the things we've been doing with Boot recently.

I feel I should start with an apology for the "radio silence" since February -- it's a combination of work being extremely engaging (and busy!) and some aspects of my personal life going somewhat to hell in a handbasket... But things have improved lately (thankfully!) and I hope to be more regular in my blogging (I certainly have a decent queue of article ideas in my head!).

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boot-new

February 2, 2016

In my previous three blog posts about Boot -- Rebooting Clojure, Building On Boot, and Testing With Boot -- I looked at why World Singles decided to switch from Leiningen to Boot, as well discussing one of the missing pieces for us (testing). Once I had boot-expectations written, I was casting around for other missing pieces in the ecosystem and one glaring one was the lack of something to generate new projects from templates.

Leiningen has long-supported the generation of new projects from templates and it's pretty slick. Want to get a new Framework One application up and running?

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Testing With Boot

January 31, 2016

In Building On Boot, I gave some high level benefits we'd found with Boot, compared to Leiningen, and how it had helped up streamline our build process. That article closed with a note about Boot not having the equivalent of common Leiningen plugins, and that's what I'm going to cover here, since that was the first real obstacle we encountered.

We use Jay Fields' Expectations library very heavily for most of our testing needs. We use clojure.test only for our Clojure-powered WebDriver testing. Leiningen has a test task built-in and we had been using lein-expectations for years. It was quite a shock to find out that Boot has no testing tasks built-in!

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Building On Boot

January 30, 2016

In yesterday's blog post, Rebooting Clojure, I talked about our switch from Leiningen to Boot but, as Sven Richter observed in the comments, I only gave general reasons why we preferred Boot, without a list of pros and cons.

Over the coming weeks, I'll write a series of posts about some of the specifics that worked better for us, as well as some of the obstacles we had to overcome in the transition.

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