Chris Houser and Jonathan Claggett compare macros with monads, suggesting when it is better to use each of them, and pondering what could be done to improve them.
Chris Houser has been a Clojure user and contributor since 2008. He currently writes in Clojure full time at LonoCloud, where he has been known to sometimes choose poor names for his functions. Jonathan Claggett is a developer at LonoCloud.
Clojure/West is the newest conference creation from Alex Miller (aka @puredanger). Alex has been running the Strange Loop conference in St. Louis since 2009, smashing together the worlds of functional and dynamic programming languages, concurrency, distributed systems, web and mobile. Since early 2010, Alex has also been part of a team using Clojure at Revelytix.