A portrait of the coder as a young(-ish) man

It's gonna be another short one today (#📞-it-📥), as I have 55 minutes to write this post, take a shower, and walk to the bus stop so I can head into town to meet my friend Jordan for a visit to Fotografiska, a cool museum of photography.

I've been hacking quite a bit on my blog over the last few days, but it's been behind the scenes stuff that speeds things up for me when I publish a new post, so it's probably not very exciting unless you're a Clojure programmer, in which case it's absolutely gripping stuff. Maybe. Probably not. But perhaps.

Clojure impressario borkdude (borkiest of all dudes, let me assure you) got sick and tired of less borky dudes like myself forking his blog, so he wrapped it up as a library and dubbed it quickblog!

Tweet with demo of blog rendering. Tweet reads: Announcing quickblog, a
light-weight static blog engine for Clojure and Babashka!

Since I've done various things to the blog since forking it, I've been hard at work folding the useful stuff back into quickblog so that it will render this blog and I can flush my hacky hacks down the toilet of history where they belong. 😉

It's been loads of fun working with borkdude on this. I haven't really collaborated on code with someone else since my friend Joanna and I wrote version 2 of the components system for the Core Banking Platform at work a year and a half or so ago, and it's something that I didn't know I was missing until I started doing it again.

I like Clojure the programming language, but I don't think I would have stuck with it for 10 years or however long it's been (I bought the first edition of "[Programming Clojure]"(https://pragprog.com/titles/shcloj3/programming-clojure-third-edition/) when it was published back in 2008, but I didn't start using Clojure for anything more than playing around in the REPL–mainly translating exercises from "The Little Schemer" to Clojure, truth be told–until around 2012, when I write a terribly awful system test framework for an adserver at work) if it wasn't for Clojure the community, especially the amazing European Clojurists who I used to run into at various conferences around the continent before The End Times. Speaking of which, Dutch Clojure Days is back this year at the end of October, so I hope to see some of you in Amsterdam! 😀

Anyway, I'll let y'all know when quickblog is successfully rendering this blog, and until then, I'll let y'all go.

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Published: 2022-07-16

Tagged: clojure blog