What is Clojure?
Who uses Clojure?
Why developers like Clojure?
Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Clojure in their tech stack.
The majority of our Clojure microservices are simple web services that wrap a transactional database with CRUD operations and a little bit of business logic. We use both MySQL and PostgreSQL for transactional data persistence, having transitioned from the former to the latter for newer services to take advantage of the new features coming out of the Postgres community.
Most of our Clojure best practices can be summed up by the phrase "keep it simple." We avoid more complex web frameworks in favor of using the Ring library to build web service routes, and we prefer sending SQL directly to the JDBC library rather than using a complicated ORM or SQL DSL.
Stitch is run entirely on AWS. All of our transactional databases are run with Amazon RDS, and we rely on Amazon S3 for data persistence in various stages of our pipeline. Our product integrates with Amazon Redshift as a data destination, and we also use Redshift as an internal data warehouse (powered by Stitch, of course).
The majority of our services run on stateless Amazon EC2 instances that are managed by AWS OpsWorks. We recently introduced Kubernetes into our infrastructure to run the scheduled jobs that execute Singer code to extract data from various sources. Although we tend to be wary of shiny new toys, Kubernetes has proven to be a good fit for this problem, and its stability, strong community and helpful tooling have made it easy for us to incorporate into our operations.
I adopted Clojure and ClojureScript because:
- it's 1 language, multiple platforms.
- Simple syntax.
- Designed to avoid unwanted side effects and bugs.
- Immutable data-structures.
- Compact code, very expressive.
- Source code is data.
- It has super-flexible macro.
- Has metadata.
We use collectd because of it's low footprint and great capabilities. We use it to monitor our Google Compute Engine machines. More interestingly we setup collectd as StatsD replacement - all our Clojure services push application-level metrics using our own metrics library and collectd pushes them to Stackdriver
We use Clojure because of simplicity, performance and great fit to our problem domain: processing a lot of structured data. Based on my experience so far, Clojure is my go-to language for most tasks, except for when a fast startup time and a low resource footprint is required - basically CLI tools. That's slowly starting to change thanks to native-image and GraalVM
Ruby is the original language at Enjoy: the prototype was built with Ruby and some of its parts are running till this day (I'd say 80% of it is gone, ported to Clojure)
Outside of usual web-development tasks we use Ruby for our operations tooling.