FuncMK Report: Building a twitter clone with Edge

JUXT have a developer centre in Milton Keynes, which is a town north of London, UK. We’re very close to where Alan Turing worked in the 1940s. As a group of tech enthusiasts, we enjoy being part of and contributing to the local tech scene here.

Last week, we hosted the second meeting of Func MK, a functional programming group in Milton Keynes that we help organise. The goal of the meetup was to give people a chance to experience Clojure development first-hand, by building a simple twitter clone.

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To help with the exercise, we put together a tutorial for the event which used our Edge project as the springboard. When you only have a couple of hours to build something, it’s good to have a working development environment set up and ready to go.

Members came with a diverse set of laptops running Windows, Ubuntu and OS X. Editors ranged from the old (Emacs and vi) to the new, such as Visual Studio Code (VSC). It was great to see the Edge experience on all these different platforms.

We felt the event went really well and lots of members said they enjoyed the experience. So, we’re publishing the exercise for others to use. The exercise is designed for new programmers who have little or no Clojure experience, but it is challenging enough for more experienced developers.

The exercise and sample code are published under the same MIT license as Edge, so feel free to print out the PDF and use as the material for your own meetup, training course or other event. We’d love to hear how you get on!

And if you’ve caught the Clojure bug and want to work with Clojure professionally, why not come and work for us? We have open positions in both Milton Keynes and East London.

Published: 2019-02-01

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