In this presentation from the JVM Languages Summit 2008, Rich Hickey discusses Clojure, which is an implementation of Lisp. Topics covered include Clojure features and syntax, example code, interoperation with Java, Clojure and functional programming, persistent data structures, concurrency semantics, references, transactions, software transactional memory, agents, implementation and pain points.
Rich Hickey, the author of Clojure, is an independent software designer, consultant and application architect with over 20 years of experience in all facets of software development. Rich has worked on scheduling systems, broadcast automation, audio analysis and fingerprinting, database design, yield management, exit poll systems, and machine listening.
The 2008 JVM Language Summit is an open technical collaboration among language designers, compiler writers, tool builders, runtime engineers, and VM architects. The talks inform the audience, in detail, about the state of the art of language design and implementation on the JVM, and the present and future capabilities of the JVM itself.
Good introduction to features