Saturday, July 09, 2011

What's wrong with Clojure syntax?

Short post, not a lot of value.

I keep reading things about Clojure's syntax being ugly. I don't think that's the case at all. It's extremely consistent and easy to follow. Maybe I'm just weird, but I've always preferred Tcl for short scripts because I like the syntax. Sometimes the critics of Clojure/Lisp syntax are even Java programmers!


Zef Hemel said...

It would be difficult to criticize the syntax, because there is hardly any. I'd rather say there is too little syntax. Many need visual cues like keywords and separators to quickly read code, that is often missing in lisp code.

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Argh. Started a comment and it got too big. Posted my thoughts here:
A little syntax is nice

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I have no idea about Clojure and I just got interested about it, so, I went to the Wikipedia page and read - also the syntax/examples part...

The first thought that crossed my mind: "What an ugly syntax!"
And "ugly" is a subjective term!
So, I don't understand how people can argue about if the syntax makes sense for the compiler or if people think it's ugly because there are no keywords that make it easy to read.
It's just the feeling most people apparently get when they have to read Clojure-code and I, even though, I have no experience whatsoever, can fully understand that!

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