Clojure: My Journey of 1.5 Years
After 6 years in the JS world, I discovered Clojure, and it made me a better programmer. Here’s that journey:
Phase 1: Awareness
- December 28, 2021: I’m contacted by Flexiana for a JS role and see on their website “We Are Committed To Clojure.”
- January 5, 2022: I watch all the Rich Hickey Talks (recommended for any programmer)
Phase 2: Thinking of learning
- January 12, 2021: I downloaded a book (I forgot which one). Good intro, but no real-world application
Phase 3: I’m learning it
- January 13, 2021: I buy Jacek Schae’s Courses bundle to learn how to build a REST API
- January 20, 2021: I decided to build the backend of my startup Designvote in Clojure based on Jacek’s course and using IntelliJ as shown in the course
Phase 4: Real-world usage
- February 2021: I’m building the backend in Clojure, and it is so complicated, and I hate myself for not choosing Node instead.
- March 2021: I joined Clojurians Slack and worked up the nerve to ask my first question. Sean Corfield answers and solves in 2 minutes what I worked on the last four days.
- April 2021: I finally understand REPL development after three months of using
(println X)to debug
Phase 5: ClojureScript
- April 2021: I read Web Development in Clojure and get formally introduced to Clojurescript
- June 2021: I do Jacek Schae’s Reagent Course
- July 2021: I ask on Reddit if I should switch Designvote’s Frontend to ClojureScript. Great response from the community, and I decided not to do it.
Phase 6: Stability and Clojure Job
- November 2021: I focus on marketing for Designvote, but I’m actively looking at job boards
- January 2022 — March 2022: I do interviews for Clojure jobs. Impostor syndrome is hitting hard.
- March 2022: I get a great job in Clojure, and I double my income
The journey toward this language is not easy, but it is gratifying. We can invest in a better learning path for beginners.
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