ClojureX Conference - Celebrate 10 Years of Clojure

Today, 16th October 2017, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Clojure programming language. To celebrate Clojure in all its many forms we are running a conference in London, appropriately called ClojureX.

ClojureX - Clojure eXchange Conference 2017

The Clojure language is flourishing and the community continues to grow and become more diverse. Clojure is now used on many different platforms, including JavaScript, Microsoft .Net, Go and of course the original Java/JVM platform. So you can build highly parallel systems with web-scale throughput all the way thorough to modern web & mobile applications with react style libraries.

London Clojurians community - banner

Here is just some of the exciting things you will experience at the ClojureX conference this year.

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Beautiful Terminalation - Ohmyzsh on Ubuntu

I frequently use the command line because of its speed and am using ohmyzsh to make the experience more valuable and enjoyable. I configure ohmyzsh to use the powerlevel9k theme which provides lots of useful information as well as looking fancy.

Ohmyzsh with powerlevel9k theme in action

We are more connected to the work we do if its an enjoyable experience.

Read on for details on how to configure Ubuntu with zsh, ohmyzsh and powerlevel9k theme.

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Adventures in Clojurescript & React at Devoxx 2017

Join me for the Adventures in Clojurescript & React workshop at Devoxx 2017 on Friday 12th May, in Lab Room B from 11.15am until 1.15pm.

Together we will build a client-side web app using a React library and Clojurescript. Along the way I’ll cover the theory of React and the features of Clojurescript that make it a great language for development.

Read on to find out how to prepare for the workshop.

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Spacemacs - Managing Broken Emacs Packages

There is a great deal of development in Spacemacs and the wider Emacs community, especially around the new features of Emacs 26. So sometimes bugs appear in Emacs packages, but usually for not very long. Here is a simple guide to avoiding broken packages in your Spacemacs environment on the rare occasion that this happens.

One way to track bugs is to watch the Spacemacs Github repository. You can also join the Spacemacs discussions on Gitter.im

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Org-Mode Driven Presentations With Org-Reveal & Spacemacs

Creating web-based presentations has never been easier now that org-revel is just an option in the org layer for Spacemacs. By adding a variable to the org layer in the Spacemacs configuration and setting the location of Reveal.js on your file space you are ready to convert .org files into lovely presentations.

You can see examples of my presentations at http://jr0cket.co.uk/slides

If you have not used org-reveal before, see my previous articles on creating cool slides with Emacs Org-mode and Org-reveal, please note that article has an older configuration. If you have not experienced the amazing Org-mode, then see how to manage your developer life with this amazing tool.

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Spacemacs - Using Magit With Github

By adding the git layer to Spacemacs you have the fully featured git client called magit. The github layer allows you to clone repositories from Github and to create, list, update and delete gists

Today I discovered Magithub which can create a new remote repository on Github from within Spacemacs, using the command line tool called hub.

Previously I opened a shell inside Emacs and ran the hub create command to create a new remote Github repository for a project. This worked, but not the same speed as having a feature built-in to Magit itself.

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camcorder.el - Creating Animated Gifs & Videos for Spacemacs

Using animated gifs are a lightweight way to show Emacs in action, as can be seen at Emacs Gifs.

I am creating a workshop on developing Clojure with Spacemacs, so here is a little guide as to how I create animated gifs and videos for this workshop directly from Emacs itself using camcorder.el.

There are several different ways to create animated gifs and so far I have found camcorder.el to be the easiest. This approach has been tested on Ubuntu Linux 16.10.

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Kanban in Emacs Org-Mode to Get More Work Done

A Kanban board is a way to visualise your work and help you get more work done. You organise your work into tasks that need completeing and use the board to show the state of each card. Kanban encourages you to get work finished before starting new work.

The amazing Emacs Org-mode can be used to create a very fast and easy to use Kanban board that is with you where ever you are.

Update: Using Org-mode doesnt give me everything I want from a Kanban board, but it was an interesting exersice. For now, I am just sticking to my list view of a Kanban board.

Org-mode is built into Emacs / Spacemacs so there is no need to install any packages or layers for any of the following.

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Call for Speakers: London Clojurian Conference 2016

December 2016 we celebrate the sixth birthday of ClojureX, a two-day conference organised by the London Clojurians and SkillsMatter. Submit your talk ideas by 30th August to take part in the fun.

ClojureX CFP deadline - 30th August

Previous conferences have included a diverse range of topics and speakers in the areas of Clojure, Clojurescript and Functional Programming. At last years conference we were quite surprised how many people are already using Clojure at work. In 2014 we ran a poll of our audience and 18% were using Clojure on a daily basis. For the same poll in 2015, 78% were using Clojure for their daily work. What will the 2016 poll reveal?

The London Clojure community continues to grow and we want to hear all your stories and learn from your experiences, no matter how long you have been working with Clojure. So please consider submitting a talk (or several talks) to the ClojureX conference in London on the 1st & 2nd December.

If you have never spoken before or want some handy hints on presenting and getting your talk accepted for Clojure eXchange, then join our workshop on Giving your first Meetup or Clojure eXchange talk on 2nd August, 2016 (video coming soon).

Anyone accepted to speak at the Clojure eXchange conference gets a free ticket, or re-imbursed if you have already purchased a ticket. You also get a free ticket for a friend. A 25% discount on ticket purchase for anyone who submits to the CFP but does not get accepted.

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