#clojure log - Aug 27 2011

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0:06 joshnz: Hi all. I'm trying to learn clojure and my heads going round in circles trying to get emacs/slime/clojure setup. Does anyone here have time to please provide some guidance?

0:09 srid: another clojure web framework - http://ringfinger.floatboth.com/

0:12 amalloy: dnolen: i don't understand how much happens at compile time vs runtime. could the method bodies at line 37 be typehinted?

0:12 talios: srid: looks interesting - yours?

0:12 amac: joshnz: http://www.dreamux.com/community/getting-started-with-clojure-setup.php

0:12 srid: talios: nope, just found that by browsing reddit

0:12 amac: this is pretty much up-to-date

0:12 hiredman: ugh

0:12 no

0:12 amac: not

0:13 blog posts are horrible, and always out of date

0:13 read the swank-clojure readme, and follow the 3 steps listed there

0:13 dnolen: amalloy: why would method bodies need typehints?

0:13 joshnz: I've just been looking at swank-clojure latest readme

0:13 amac: hiredman: fair enough, though I tried to write this one comprehensively and somewhat recently

0:14 talios: I'd go so far as to say for a newbie - stay away from emacs/slime and use clooj - http://dev.clojure.org/display/doc/getting+started+with+Clooj - so much easier for a newbie

0:14 amac: though it only covers setup on osx

0:14 hiredman: amac: well, you should have read the swank-clojure readme

0:14 amalloy: dnolen: even better question. i guess i don't even know if extend-type automatically hints stuff. i suppose it should

0:14 dnolen: amalloy: it does.

0:14 amac: true.

0:14 amalloy: well then

0:14 hiredman: amac: lein-swank hasn't been required for a long time now

0:14 amalloy: carry on being clever, i'll just keep making bad suggestions

0:15 hiredman: https://github.com/technomancy/swank-clojure <-- 3 steps under usage, all you need to do

0:15 amac: gah, you're right.

0:15 hiredman: you can run into issues with osx, because it doesn't give cocoa emacs the right path, it might be able to find lein unless you manually set your path

0:15 might not

0:16 joshnz: emacs 23.3. clojure-mode 1.10.0 installed via emacs-starter-kit from marmalade.

0:16 lein plugin install swank-clojure 1.3.2. done

0:16 From inside a project, invoke M-x clojure-jack-in

0:17 amac: joshnz: working?

0:17 joshnz: It just says "starting swank server...." but nothing else

0:17 amac: you need a project.clj

0:17 talios: joshnz: another kiwi clojurian? nice :)

0:17 hiredman: it can take some time, you should have a *swank* buffer start to op up

0:17 amac: go to a directory and type lein new

0:18 joshnz: yeah, I created a lein project. I've open the project.clj file in emacs

0:18 amac: then open src/project/core.clj and do mx clojure-jack-in again

0:18 and it can take a while

0:18 hiredman: if clojure-jack-in doesn't work, and you don't want to try and debug it, you can run `lein swank` in a shell, use M-x slime-connect

0:19 amac: hiredman: clj-jack-in doesn't really give much feedback for debugging

0:19 hiredman: depends

0:20 *shrug*

0:20 joshnz: does clojure-jack-in just use clojure-mode's own logic to talk to the swank server? Does it bypass slime totally?

0:20 amac: it starts the swank server and then fires up the slime connection

0:21 basically it starts both sides of the conversation for you

0:21 hiredman: clojure-jack-in pulls a copy of slime that is known to work with swank-clojure out of the swank-clojure jar and loads it into emacs

0:21 amac: doin lein swank from your project will start the server manually, and mx slime-connect starts slime manually

0:21 joshnz: ah...I've found the swank buffer: /bin/bash: lein: command not found... hmm...

0:21 hiredman: right

0:21 joshnz: osx right?

0:21 joshnz: yup

0:21 hiredman: this is the exact issue I mentioned

0:21 joshnz: it's on the path for terminal

0:22 hiredman: sure, but osx doesn't read your dotfiles when launch gui apps

0:22 talios: joshnz: what part of nz are you in?

0:22 hiredman: launching

0:22 joshnz: hamilton

0:22 duck1123: I never have had much luck getting path working right for osx emacs

0:22 hiredman: (setenv "PATH" "...:whereverleinis:...")

0:22 talios: joshnz: ahh- bit to far to often a inhouse clojure tutorial pair session then :) Auckland here

0:24 hiredman: if you want your env variables to be populated to gui apps, I believe you need to load them into launchd somehow, or write them up in some xml file

0:24 joshnz: no prob ;) At least I've got a bit more a lead on what the issue is. The problem following blog posts and video tuts as mentioned earlier is that all have a different way and none of them are correct any more ;)

0:25 talios: joshnz: that being said, I've been thinking of reasons for a road-trip weekend to hamilton. been too long since I've visitied folk down there.

0:26 duck1123: http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/rowen/AquaEnvVar.html

0:26 joshnz: how is it that clojure-mode knows where to find swank-clojure? Does it depend on lein?

0:27 hiredman: it uses lein's plugin system

0:27 joshnz: (I should probably just read the clojure-jack-in code ;)

0:27 hiredman: lein plugin install makes swank-clojure available for all projects as a user level plugin

0:29 joshnz: thanks for the link duck1123.

0:31 hiredman: launchctl also has a setenv cmd

0:37 joshnz: Possibly the easiest thing right now without mucking around with the system is to simply append my lein path to the PATH var in emacs. Something like (setenv (append "/usr/local/bin" (getenv "PATH"))) but that's not quite working..

0:37 Not crash hot on my elisp either.. but it's only been a few days ;)

0:38 hiredman: PATH is a string

0:38 so you need to use stringconcat or something

0:38 just (concat ...)

0:38 and you'll need a :

0:39 joshnz: ah so that's what's happening :) I

0:39 It's outputting my new path as a vector of char bytes

0:39 lol. Makes sense

0:40 google's good: (setenv "PATH" (concat "your-lein-dir:" (getenv "PATH")))

0:43 hiredman: you could actually have emacs fork your shell and echo $PATH

0:45 joshnz: Now I get an error in the process filter: Symbol's value as variable is void: Process [2 times]. This is while loading slime from the jar it appears.

0:46 I'll restart emacs. I'm assuming the swank server is shut down when I do this?

0:46 hiredman: if you kill the *swank* buffer it will die

0:47 but yes, closing emacs with do that

0:47 joshnz: yup, that would have been the active process I just told emacs to kill :)

0:48 hiredman: (setenv "PATH" (shell-command-to-string "echo $PATH")) ; works pretty nicely

0:48 hmmm, maybe not, I should try it on a clean emacs

0:49 joshnz: yeah, I've got some other similar suggestions from google groups... there's env-var-from-shell

0:50 But I'm connect to swank now. Probably had a few stuck processes before which was stuffing things up

0:59 Thanks heaps to all. It appears I have it working. I should probably go and add to the clojure wiki.

1:00 paul__: hey, I'm trying to make a seq of vectors into just one seq, what is the function to do this called?

1:01 amalloy: paul__: (apply concat vecs)

1:01 paul__: thanks

1:01 amalloy: but also see if you can not produce the seq of vectors to begin with, by using eg mapcat

1:01 joshnz: that'd make you a better citizen than most of us

1:09 joshnz: How does emacs know that I'm in a clojure project? Does clojure-jack-in need to be called from core.clj, or does it do something clever and traverse folders looking for something? That be seem hard to implement a stop condition on.....

1:10 oh, it probably doesn't care. clojure-jack-in will just connect to swank regardless...

1:13 amalloy: it has to start the swank server too. i suspect it walks up the tree looking for project.clj

1:19 joshnz: i was wrong. it just calls "lein swank" in the cwd, and lein does the filesystem walking

1:19 or i guess it calls "lein jack-in"; whatever, same thing

1:20 joshnz: really? So it will walk all the way to root if you're in say a rails project? lol

1:20 semperos: trying to tinker with the Clojure repl, intercepting the read process, making some adjustements to what's in *in* and then letting it resume per usual, but I'm not sure how to work with the LineNumberedPushbackReader that is *in*

1:20 amalloy: probably. i've never looked at the lein source

1:20 joshnz: I guess it's not too bad, since you're not checking sibling folders, only the parent or current

1:21 amalloy: right

1:21 semperos: as an arbitrary example, say I just wanted to make a single case where if "1 + 1" is typed at the repl, I can parse that, and then replace that with "(+ 1 1)" and send the repl on its normal path

1:21 I see how to replace the standard read fn for clojure.main/repl, but as I mentioned, at this point I'm not sure how to work with PushbackReaders

1:22 any thoughts/guidance/good resources to look at?

1:22 amalloy: semperos: you could rebind *in* to a proxy of LNPBR

1:23 that wraps the original *in* and delegates to it

1:24 semperos: right

1:24 that it needs a PushbackReader or derivation thereof I understand, I suppose my question is more on the Java side of actually using that class to look at the contents and then constructing a new one

1:25 some of the code samples I found were less than helpful...

1:30 amalloy: semperos: i'll gist something up in a few minutes

1:30 semperos: amalloy: didn't mean to ask for too much hand-holding, but I appreciate any help, thanks

1:36 amalloy: semperos: hm. it's more complicated than i thought because the reader reads stuff one character at a time, not line at a time. but i'll gist what i have and you can take what you like

1:37 https://gist.github.com/1175034

1:37 semperos: yeah, I noticed that

1:37 thanks for putting that together, I'll take a look

1:38 amalloy: $javadoc java.io.PushbackReader

1:38 lazybot: http://download.oracle.com/javase/6/docs/api/java/io/PushbackReader.html

1:38 semperos: yep, I looked at those

1:38 amalloy: yeah, that was for me

1:38 semperos: gotcha

1:39 haven't been on in a while, nice to see continued bot helpfulness

1:39 amalloy: you probably want to proxy BufferedReader, which does all its input line-at-a-time, and then wrap a LNPBR around your proxy

1:39 ugh, but i bet it doesn't do *all* its input line at a time :P

1:39 semperos: heh

1:40 that makes sense, though

1:42 amalloy: semperos: i always have a hell of a time finding the java stdlib sources. i'm curious now; you don't happen to know where i can see buffered-reader's impl?

1:42 semperos: no, I don't

1:43 for download: http://download.java.net/jdk6/source/

1:45 amalloy: ah, lovely

1:49 joshnz: ok, added a comment to the dev page. If there's anything horrible incorrect, let me know and i'll update it

1:49 http://dev.clojure.org/display/doc/Getting+Started+with+Emacs?focusedCommentId=2687001&#comment-2687001

1:50 semperos: my other question would be in actually getting a running repl; I've tried to mimic the appropriate parts of clojure.main/main to run a repl with my updated read fn

1:51 but whenever I run the code, it just prints the "user=>" prompt and then immediately exits

1:51 ivan__: joshnz: hi fellow NZ person :)

1:51 joshnz: howdy ivan_

1:53 amalloy: semperos: are you running it from swank?

1:53 semperos: tried that

1:54 hiredman: semperos: using lein run?

1:54 semperos: currently using the code from lein repl and tweaking there, as I got that working

1:54 amalloy: i wouldn't be surprised if that didn't work

1:54 semperos: amalloy: now that you mention it, I'm not either

1:54 amalloy: repl and/or run probably would

1:54 cheier: semperos: make sure you setq slime-net-coding-system 'utf-8-unix

1:54 semperos: hiredman: yes, in my own code, was trying lein run

1:54 hiredman: semperos: I've seen that behaviour before, your repl will run fine outside of lein run

1:54 semperos: rather, with my own code, was putting the code to run the repl in -main and using `lein run` from cmd line

1:55 hiredman: e.g. if you uberjar it

1:55 semperos: ah

1:55 shouldn't taken that one more step, I'll git it a try

1:55 amalloy: joshnz: "You will still need to the :. "?

1:55 hiredman: lein run and clojure.main/repl have issues

1:57 joshnz: I assumed so. Because you're appending to the head of PATH, so it still needs to be separated with a colon. I'll tweak that a bit

1:57 amalloy: joshnz: i'm not saying you're wrong, i'm saying i don't understand the sentence

1:57 joshnz: yeah, that's how I understood your question

1:57 amalloy: especially, do i need ":", and your sentence ends with ".", or do i need ":."?

1:58 since :. is a pretty common thing to have in your PATH

1:58 joshnz: I'm not sure if you need the : if PATH is empty string. I assume it won't break anything if you end your PATH var with a colon

1:59 hiredman: amalloy: only if you like being insecure

1:59 amalloy: or...maybe "." isn't actually common, and i just thought it was when i was a DOS junkie

1:59 joshnz: I agree that I thought it was a bit weird typing :. but i'm not one for long docs ;)

2:00 amalloy: hiredman: i remember learning it was insecure (and perhaps forbidden) as root, but i never re-evaluated the assumption that it's good for general users. now that i say it aloud it's clearly wrong

2:00 (and indeed it hasn't been on my path for years)

2:02 semperos: hiredman: yep, uberjar worked, good call

2:02 joshnz: update to make :. a bit more descriptiive

2:02 updateD that should be

2:03 hiredman: semperos: I was playing with my own repo recently

2:03 repl

2:04 semperos: that'd help

2:12 joshnz: @ivan_: You're not Ivan from Mindscape by chance?

3:50 zoldar: Hello, I'm trying to use an object instance from compiled record in java code. Minimal example here: http://pastebin.com/P4C3FxXM . Is it at all possible to refer to the vars outside record's namespace? Or is gen-class the only way in such situation?

3:51 hiredman: as I said last time you asked, you have to load the namespace

3:52 zoldar: hiredman, sorry, had to miss your answer then

3:52 hiredman: loading the record doesn't load the namespace, and the record tries to use the values of vars that are not setup until you load the namespace

3:53 zoldar: how would I accomplish this? in such case ?

3:54 hiredman: RT.load maybe work

3:54 zoldar: should I explicitly put require/use inside method body?

3:54 hiredman: no

3:54 zoldar: ah

3:54 hiredman: (clojure.lang.RT/load "foo/core") or whatever

3:54 (but as java)

3:57 zoldar: that worked

3:58 but it'll require writing wrappers

4:03 thanks for pointers anyway, and sorry for reposting the same question

6:07 kzar: What d'ya reckon to this attempt at filtering every nth item in a sequence? http://paste.lisp.org/display/124299 - sure it's a bit clunky

6:25 thorwil: kzar: seems a bit brutal to index the items

6:28 kzar: thorwil: Hmm can't think of how else to approach it though

6:33 thorwil: kzar: i'd consider the use of partition or somehow looping with an internal counter

6:36 ,(flatten (map butlast (partition 4 [:a :b :c :d :e :f])))

6:37 clojurebot: (:a :b :c)

6:37 thorwil: kzar: ^

6:37 mrBliss: ,(mapcat butlast (partition 4 [:a :b :c :d :e :f]))

6:37 clojurebot: (:a :b :c)

6:38 thorwil: nice :)

6:55 is there any potential use in using one name more than once in a function signature?

7:00 kzar: mrBliss: Hey I did the same approach, one problem though is that partition leaves off the

7:00 end of the list if there's not enough for the partition

7:00 ,(partition 3 [1 2 3 4 5])

7:00 clojurebot: ((1 2 3))

7:01 mrBliss: use partition-all instead (btw thorwill came up with the function, I only tweaked it a bit)

7:01 *thorwil

7:02 kzar: gold stars all round

7:03 thorwil: ah, well, butlast will not be the right thing is the last partition is shorter ...

7:04 kzar: Yea just noticed that, (take (dec nth) col) instead maybe

7:06 peteriserins: I'm following the cljs QuickStart, getting this error when launching script/repljs java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: sun.org.mozilla.javascript.internal.Context

7:07 is it because I am running openjdk?

7:07 morphling: peteriserins: yes

7:08 kzar: (defn skip-nth [col nth] (apply concat (partition-all (dec nth) nth col)))

7:48 peteriserins: would one use vim-clojure with clojurescript?

7:58 fliebel: What became of the indexed vs map-indexed discussion? I keep wanting the index of an item in different places.

8:00 I suppose amalloy-utils has it...

8:05 kzar: What became of your drop-nth?

8:06 kzar: fliebel: Shortest I did was this: #(apply concat (partition-all (dec %2) %2 %)) which is as above but with #() instead of (fn ..

8:07 fliebel: I think there's an indexed function in seq-utils

8:07 fliebel: kzar: I was playing with the modulus of the index in filter.

8:08 kzar: fliebel: Yea I thought about that, didn't try it that way in the end though

8:09 fliebel: kzar: It *might* be faster, because you create less temp objects that way.

8:10 kzar: fliebel: Something like (map second (filter #(not (zero? (mod (first %) (dec nth)))) (clojure.contrib.seq-utils/indexed col)))

8:10 fliebel: Tpyed that straight into IRC without trying it, probably wont work

8:10 fliebel: I did this: (map peek (remove #(zero? (mod (first %) 3)) (indexed (range 10 0 -1))))

8:12 kzar: fliebel: Is there a shorter way of writing (apply concat ...) ?

8:13 fliebel: mapcat comes to mind

8:13 kzar: fliebel: But without mapping a function voer first

8:13 fliebel: yea... dunno

8:14 kzar: What's bamboozling me now is this one http://4clojure.com/problem/31

8:15 fliebel: flatten, maybe, but that's not very nice I think.

8:16 kzar: let me tell you ther's a function in core that almost solves that.

8:16 kzar: aha that's got me down into shortest solution

8:16 fliebel: Cool OK, well don't tell me I'll try and find it heh

8:17 fliebel: Maybe a synonym to 'pack' might help... well, not really a synonym, but the sultuion reads like the problem description.

8:18 kzar: ah got to run anyway

8:38 semperos: I'm playing with clojure.main/repl, I've written my own read function that does some things with *in* and then calls Clojure's default clojure.core/read function

8:38 I can successfully "intercept" it and call it, but in the running REPL, I have to hit enter twice for the result to be returned

8:39 so if I write (+ 1 1), I can see it running through my read code, but then it hangs after the call to clojure's default read function, at which point if I press enter again, it continues and returns 2

8:41 I've tried adding \newline to the end of the content I pass to read, but that doesn't seem to help

8:50 lobotomy_: hm, is there something special about testing multimethods that (invoke functions that) throw exceptions?

8:51 i'm trying to verify that the exception is thrown. with (make-piece [-1 20 6 6] "" "" "") i get the exception as i should; with (is (thrown? java.lang.IllegalArgumentException (make-piece [-1 20 6 6] "" "" ""))) the test fails, saying "actual: nil", which apparently means nothing was thrown

8:53 make-piece is a multimethod that switches on the type of the first of the first argument, and in the Integer case does a (map verify-edge first-arg), where verify-edge throws IllegalArgumentException for illegal values such as < 0

11:08 technomancy: hiredman: would something like (shell-command "echo \"lein jack-in 92424\" | sh") solve the macosecks path issue?

11:32 scode: What's the idiomatic way to do (byte 200) in clojure? That won't work due to overflow protection. I want to do the equivalent of "byte b = (byte)myInt;" in Java, preferably without doing (byte (- x 128)).

11:33 coopernurse: scode: try (.byteValue 20)

11:33 ,(.byteValue 20)

11:33 clojurebot: 20

11:34 coopernurse: (class (.byteValue 20))

11:34 ,(class (.byteValue 20))

11:34 clojurebot: java.lang.Byte

11:34 scode: Thanks!

11:34 coopernurse: &(class (.byteValue 30))

11:34 lazybot: ⇒ java.lang.Byte

11:34 coopernurse: looks like it works in 1.3 also..

11:35 not sure if there's a more idiomatic way, but that should work

13:25 solussd: question- why when I add the clojure.data.json library to my dependencies list in my project.clj (leiningen) do I prefix it with org.clojure/ ? the json library is in the clojure.data.json namespace, what's with the / and org. ?

13:25 in other words what's the difference between that usage and the name.space/package usage in clojure?

13:26 coopernurse: solussd: in project.clj you're specifying a (maven style) library dependency

13:26 Chousuke: solussd: someone else might offer a modified version of the same package

13:26 so you have organisation/package

13:26 coopernurse: which is a JAR that contains many packages

13:27 sorry, namespaces (not packages) in clojure parlance

13:27 does that help?

13:27 solussd: ok, so there isn't necessarily a relationship between the package namespace and the organization/package in my project.clj

13:27 coopernurse: right

13:27 solussd: that does. thanks!

13:28 coopernurse: if you look in your ~/.m2/repository dir

13:28 you'll see the local cache of JARs you've specified in project.clj across all projects on your box

13:28 and that dir structure will match project.clj's naming conventions

13:28 solussd: cool. Sure is a lot in there. :D

13:28 coopernurse: if you "jar tvf [filename]" one of the jars in lib

13:29 you'll see the layout of files in the library

13:29 and that layout will match your namespaces for the files you use/require

13:30 heh, yeah, maven (which lein uses) has been described as a "DSL for downloading the internet"

13:30 solussd: haha

13:30 coopernurse: good thing there's a local cache

13:55 rdbcci: is it just me or does the repl hang alot?

13:56 coopernurse: rdbcci: how are you starting the repl?

13:56 rdbcci: java -cp .;jline-0_9_5.jar;clojure.jar jline.ConsoleRunner clojure.main

13:57 coopernurse: and you're interacting with it directly, or are you talking to it from an editor like emacs?

13:58 rdbcci: directly windows vista

13:58 jkkramer: rdbcci: does it just hang out of the blue or in reaction to certain input (e.g., infinite sequences)?

14:01 rdbcci: input, maybe infinite seq - but since im fiddling about...

14:02 jkkramer: if you find yourself accidentally realizing infinite seqs a lot, the *print-length* and *print-depth* vars may help

14:02 fliebel: Those guys at Geni are like 6 hours behind GMT, right? I'm having trouble figuring out the right time to try to reach them.

14:02 jkkramer: er, *print-level*, not *print-depth*

14:05 rdbcci: not giving any output though, just hanging

14:07 jkkramer: rdbcci: it tends to hang if you attempt to print an infinite seq

14:07 ,(binding [*print-length* 10] (prn (iterate inc 1)))

14:07 clojurebot: (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...)

14:07 jkkramer: in the repl, (set! *print-length* 10)

14:07 raek: rdbcci: are there certain expressions that hangs, or is the hanging random?

14:09 rdbcci: certain expressions im pretty sure

14:12 i know i may be abusing it, but it seems a little less than robust

14:13 raek: rdbcci: can you show an example of an expression that hangs?

14:13 arohner: fliebel: they're in california, so that's -8 I believe

14:14 fliebel: arohner: Hm, okay, so I'm GMT+2 ATM, I believe, so they should at least be awake now, right?

14:14 arohner: yes, 11AM there

14:16 rdbcci: sure, happens while exploring function for url data fetching

14:20 mainly coll returned from url .getHeaderFields

14:31 semperos: playing clojure.main/repl, I've put together a custom read function that does a few things, then builds a new LineNumberingPushbackReader and passes it to the default clojure.core/read function

14:32 however, whenever I create this LNPBR and pass it to the default read, the prompt just sits there

14:32 either waiting for me to press enter twice

14:32 I've tried appending newlines to the content of the LNPBR before sending it to read, but that doesn't make any difference

14:33 when I spit to file what is in *in* by default, e.g. if I enter foo at the repl, it's foo plus three newlines (char code 10)

15:11 michaelr525: Hey!

15:21 jblomo: anyone using lein-beanstalk? trying to get my app working on aws

15:47 Netpilgrim: Hi. I’m reading The Joy of Clojure, and the authors say (p. 91): “Also, the order of values returned by seq on a list is backward compared to seq on a vector …” Am I missing something, or is this just not true?

15:47 ,(seq '(1 2 3))

15:47 clojurebot: (1 2 3)

15:47 Netpilgrim: ,(seq [1 2 3])

15:47 clojurebot: (1 2 3)

15:51 jblomo: Netpilgrim: I don't have the book, but yea that seems wrong the way i'm reading it. the order in which things are *added* is reversed

15:53 Netpilgrim: jblomo: I know, and I'm thinking about how this could be they meant somehow but I don't think the sentence as written can be misinterpreted.

15:53 s/they meant/what they meant/

15:53 lazybot: <Netpilgrim> jblomo: I know, and I'm thinking about how this could be what they meant somehow but I don't think the sentence as written can be misinterpreted.

15:54 jblomo: yea, strange. maybe they have an eratta on the website

15:55 Netpilgrim: jblomo: They have, but it's not in there.

15:56 jkkramer: the context is stacks and peek/pop. maybe they meant peek/pop work on opposite ends for list/vector

15:56 ,(peek '(1 2 3))

15:56 clojurebot: 1

15:56 jkkramer: ,(peek [1 2 3])

15:56 clojurebot: 3

15:56 jkkramer: it does appear to be incorrect as worded, though

15:57 jblomo: defonce doesn't work with Vars from other namespaces?

15:58 i'd like to (:use settings.custom) then have (ns settings) set defaults

16:01 Netpilgrim: jkkramer: That's probably what they were thinking about. It's still more than just a type. I'll add it to the errata thread in the Manning forum.

16:01 s/type/typo/

16:02 lazybot: <Netpilgrim> jkkramer: That's probably what they were thinking about. It's still more than just a typo. I'll add it to the errata thread in the Manning forum.

16:11 stuartsierra: jblomo: The full name of a Var includes the namespace in which it was defined.

16:12 All the `def` forms create a new Var in the current namespace.

16:13 jblomo: is there a better way to conditionally load custom settings?

16:14 stuartsierra: Lots.

16:14 You could merge a map of defaults with a map of overrides.

16:16 jblomo: (try (require 'custom) (merge settings custom/settings) (catch FileNotFound e settings))

16:16 kind of like that?

16:35 stuartsierra: jblomo: preferably without the try/catch, but yes

16:35 You could even put the custom/default settings in a file, as a map, and `read` it in.

16:38 Good luck, see you later.

16:39 Netpilgrim: Since (some #{:x} coll) seems to be idiomatic, am I right in assuming that it's more efficient than ((set coll) :x)?

16:43 scottj: Netpilgrim: not sure, but (set coll) turns the entire coll into a set even if :x is the first thing

16:45 Netpilgrim: scottj: Good point. And (set coll) is probably not very fast because of all the equality tests needed.

16:47 amalloy: Netpilgrim: well, (set coll) can mostly just do hash comparisons; it only needs equality tests on hash collisions

16:47 but (set coll) is necessarily O(n*logn), when you only want to do an O(n) "compare everything with :x" operation

16:50 Netpilgrim: amalloy: I wish the doc strings of functions had more information on their run time.

16:51 amalloy: well, it...i mean, it has to be. conjing onto a set is logn, and you're doing it n times

16:52 and many functions don't even have a meaningful runtime. what is the runtime of concat? or of conj?

16:52 Netpilgrim: amalloy: I'm not doubting your assessment, just saying it would be nice if (doc f) would give me that information.

16:53 amalloy: Not sure about concat but shouldn't the run time for conj be O(1) for every data structure?

16:55 amalloy: no. it's logn for sorted data structures, at least. i asserted a moment ago that it's logn for hashsets too, but i'm not actually sure of that now i come to think of it

16:56 and because clojure's data family of data structures is extensible, you can write your own data type that has O(n^2) insertion. surely nobody would want to rewrite conj's docstring then!

16:56 Netpilgrim: amalloy: Yes, I hadn't thought of sorted structures.

17:01 lobotomy_: wait, why is (set coll) O(n log n)?

17:07 amalloy: lobotomy_: well, i said that because i thought insertions were logn. but as remarked above i'm no longer sure of that

17:07 i mean, certainly they're at least log32(n)

17:07 but that's basically constant

17:20 michaelr525: oudeis: hey there

17:22 Netpilgrim: michaelr525: Hi.

17:22 michaelr525: Didn't realize you were talking to oudeis.

17:25 michaelr525: hehe

17:25 don't worry about it

17:28 semperos: amalloy: so on the topic of the repl read function from last night, I tried reading through *in* and saving that off to a string; I then do my processing with the string, and create a new LNPBR with (LineNumberingPushbackReader. (StringReader. my-string)) and pass that to the default (read) function, but then the repl just hangs and waits for me to press enter or C-d before it even starts reading my LBPBR


17:28 lazybot: <semperos> amalloy: so on the topic of the repl read function from last night, I tried reading through *in* and saving that off to a string; I then do my processing with the string, and create a new LNPBR with (LineNumberingPushbackReader. (StringReader. my-string)) and pass that to the default (read) function, but then the repl just hangs and waits for me to press enter or C-d before it even starts reading my LNPBR

17:29 semperos: not saying it's an optimal way to deal with the *in* at this point, but just trying to get something simple working

17:30 amalloy: Netpilgrim: i think JoC was referring to ##(seq (conj [] 1 2 3)) vs ##(seq (conj () 1 2 3))

17:30 lazybot: (seq (conj [] 1 2 3)) ⇒ (1 2 3)

17:30 (seq (conj () 1 2 3)) ⇒ (3 2 1)

17:30 currentB: if I have a vector of maps, how do I access the first map with destructuring?

17:31 amalloy: because if you've been conjing into the structure as a stack, and you then call seq, it matters which structure you were using

17:31 currentB: uhm, the same way you access the first of any seq with destructuring, no?

17:32 &(let [maps [{:a 1 :b 2}, {:x 5 :y 6}], [{:keys [a b]}] m] [a b])

17:32 lazybot: java.lang.Exception: Unable to resolve symbol: m in this context

17:32 amalloy: &(let [maps [{:a 1 :b 2}, {:x 5 :y 6}], [{:keys [a b]}] maps] [a b])

17:32 lazybot: ⇒ [1 2]

17:33 amalloy: semperos: no useful advice from me, i'm afraid

17:33 semperos: okie doke, wasn't sure if something would spring to mind

17:33 currentB: actually sorry, it's actually a map of vectors of maps. {:thinga [{:a1 "x" :a2 "y"]}

17:33 Netpilgrim: amalloy: Might be, but it's still conj creating a different order, not seq.

17:34 amalloy: so...currentB, what is it you actually want to do? "access" is pretty vague

17:36 currentB: I have a map of info about a product, containing a vector of image info of that product (ie, path, dimensions, whatever). I'd like to be able to refer to the first image as first-img in a function that handles these products

17:36 amalloy: &(let [m {:thinga [{:a1 "x" :a2 "y"}]}, {[{a :a1}] :thinga} m] a) ;might work?

17:36 lazybot: ⇒ "x"

17:37 amalloy: &(let [m {:thinga [{:a1 "x" :a2 "y"}]}, {[first-img] :thinga} m] first-img) ; if you want the whole map

17:37 lazybot: ⇒ {:a1 "x", :a2 "y"}

17:37 currentB: awesome, thanks! eventually my brain will start to catch up with this stuff and I'll stop asking dumb things here. Thanks again!

17:38 michaelr525: ERC is great

17:38 it's C-l's every once in a while

17:50 mbac: how do I get to the UNIX API in clojure?

17:50 getuid and the like

17:50 amalloy: java doesn't really expose most posix stuff

17:51 mbac: right

17:54 am I screwed unless I write native bindings

17:54 ?

17:55 amalloy: more or less. i think there are some unofficial native libraries out there already, but i don't know if they're any good

17:55 raek: mbac: there should be libraries for accessing the posix stuff. it's just not included in Java

17:56 amalloy: and of course that would hurt your portability and distribution. if you want to run it anywhere other than your own machines, people may worry about the unsandboxed native code

17:56 mbac: is everything in clojure-contrib intended to be built on standard J2SE?

17:56 oh, Linux is the only platform that matters to me :)

17:59 raek: mbac: I think so

18:03 amalloy: mbac: sure. but are your *own* linux machines the only platform that matter? if so, have a blast, of course. just pointing out that native libraries make it harder for anyone to use your stuff, even on the same arch

18:03 zakwilson: The Gaka docs suggest compiling the code to a static stylesheet and serving that. Why not just memoize the css function instead?

18:04 mbac: amalloy, 90% of software is written for a single buyer, so that's not a big deal to me

18:04 and it shouldn't be for most people, I gather

18:05 amalloy: fair enough. i assume that statistic is completely made up, either by you or whoever you got it from, though :P

18:05 mbac: it's my statistic, i got it from looking at ads for software developers

18:06 scottj: zakwilson: seems that would be fine, I basically do that with slice

18:06 mbac: most software developers work on projects that never leave one company's walls

18:06 amalloy: that's probably related to the fact that google, microsoft, etc., don't advertise on stackoverflow-jobs

18:07 but whatever. your product is for one buyer, and that's what counts

18:07 * zakwilson makes a note to look at slice in more depth.

18:07 scottj: zakwilson: I mark slices that are impure and everything else is memoized

18:08 amalloy: zakwilson: if you compile to a static stylesheet you can do http-level caching, no?

18:09 mbac: so, i take it there's no clojure->C interface :)

18:09 zakwilson: amalloy: well, yes, but you could probably come up with a way to do that with memoization too. Granted, with a static sytlesheet you can leave the caching up to an external server or a CDN.

18:10 amalloy: sure

18:11 arohner: mbac: there's jna

18:11 mbac: right

18:13 arohner: other than clj-native, I'd look at e.g. jtux

18:26 bulters: hi. If I add a dependency in a leiningen project.clj; is it possible to have the new dependency available in a running swank session?

18:27 amalloy: no

18:30 srid: i have a function that returns a list of two elements [a, b] - and the caller of this function needs to assign it within the map with other elements {:a <> :b <.> :c 3 :d 5 ....}

18:30 can I destructure the return value like that? or is there a better way?

18:31 the function exists only to not pollute the caller with its functionality; technically it is not required.

18:31 bulters: amalloy: thanks. all i needed to know ;-)

18:32 srid: real world case - in this map https://github.com/srid/notaskinnerbox/blob/master/src/notaskinnerbox/stackexchange.clj#L42 - I want to add a ":todate" key, and extract calculation of :fromdate and :todate to a different function that accepts a single argument 'N'

18:32 amalloy: srid: just conj the two maps together

18:33 &(conj {:a 1 :b 2 :c 3} {:from 'x :to 'y})

18:33 lazybot: ⇒ {:to y, :from x, :a 1, :b 2, :c 3}

18:33 srid: right, i still think imperatively :)

18:34 Netpilgrim: What is the most idiomatic way to get the first element in a seq, for which a predicate is true? I've come up with (some #(if (pred %) %) s) and (first (drop-while (not (pred %)) s)).

18:35 amalloy: Netpilgrim: those are both reasonable, though most people use filter rather than drop-while there

18:36 Netpilgrim: amalloy: Oh, I knew I had overlooked a more common function. :)

18:36 amalloy: you can also write a HOF for #(if (pred %) %), which IMO makes it nicer

18:36 (some (validator pred) s)

18:36 Netpilgrim: amalloy: HOF?

18:37 amalloy: given (defn validator [pred] (fn [x] (when (pred x) x)))

18:37 higher order function

18:37 or call it "satisfying" instead of "validator", whatever

18:38 Netpilgrim: amalloy: I like it.

18:39 srid: amalloy: i ended up not writing a function, but still using conj - https://github.com/srid/notaskinnerbox/commit/8bbda3758f82b322d35199cba1d52356179c41cd#L0L42

18:40 amalloy: srid: ##(doc pos?)

18:40 lazybot: ⇒ "([x]); Returns true if num is greater than zero, else false"

18:40 srid: ah, good to know.

18:41 * srid is grateful for all our ancestors who survived in the wild so that he can write clojure in a much safer apartment!

18:42 Netpilgrim: I'm picking up on how to use the bots here, but is there a manual or help function?

18:43 amalloy: none that are comprehensive

18:43 Netpilgrim: the important ones to know are that if the first character is , or & then clojurebot or lazybot (respectively) will eval it as clojure code

18:44 lazybot also snags things like ##(inc 1) in mid-message

18:44 lazybot: ⇒ 2

18:44 Netpilgrim: amalloy: What's the difference between the bots?

18:45 amalloy: for other commands, lazybot takes $command and clojurebot takes ~command

18:45 *chuckle* just about everything. they don't have any common code that i know of these days

18:46 Netpilgrim: amalloy: So if I want something evaluated I can take either one?

18:46 amalloy: yeah

18:46 Netpilgrim: amalloy: OK, thanks.

18:46 amalloy: lazybot: do you guys also respond to PMs???

18:46 lazybot: amalloy: Oh, absolutely.

18:47 Netpilgrim: Cool.

18:50 shellox: hi

18:50 Netpilgrim: shellox: Hi.

18:53 shellox: can you help me, i dont understand why i get the error in the paste: http://dpaste.com/603789/

18:53 amalloy: too many parens in foo

18:54 and also no parameter declaration

18:54 ie, square has [n], but where are the args to the function foo?

18:55 Netpilgrim: amalloy: You're fast. My browser tab hadn't loaded yet.

18:55 amalloy: quickest gun in the west, that's me

18:56 shellox: amalloy: i just want to calculate it in foo without giving an argument, and then do (println foo) or so

18:56 amalloy: then you don't want defn, which defines a function

18:56 shellox: just fn then?

18:56 amalloy: you could just write (+ (square 5) (square 5)) and the repl would print it for you

18:57 if you want to give it a name, you can (def foo (+ ...))

19:02 shellox: amalloy: ok i got it now, but if i want to print the result it put - before, but the calculation is correct

19:02 http://dpaste.com/603791/

19:03 its 2640, but it shows -2640 then, why?

19:03 i thought it calculate and print the result then

19:04 amalloy: &(- 385 3025)

19:04 lazybot: ⇒ -2640

19:04 amalloy: &(- 3025 385)

19:04 lazybot: ⇒ 2640

19:06 shellox: ah, you are right of course, my mistake :/

19:07 i first tried it with plus, so it wasnt important whats first, but it is with - of corse ;)

19:07 course*

19:18 dgreensp: can I use Ring with Clojure 1.3? Is anything packaged to work with 1.3? I'm trying to run the ClojureScript compiler on my web server

19:23 is there a website for clojure-contrib 1.3? it seems like things were moved around, but I can't find any information on it

19:34 mudge: could ring-serve be used for a production server?

19:35 anybody here use ring?

19:38 Netpilgrim: dgreensp: If I understand it correctly, there will be no clojure-contrib 1.3 because all further development will be done in separate smaller projects. The only information I could find about these: http://dev.clojure.org/display/doc/Clojure+Contrib

19:40 shellox: mhh, how to calculate the crossfoot of a number

19:42 mudge: Netpilgrim: yes, that's right

19:44 dgreensp: Netpilgrim: thanks, that's a new link to me. I saw something about it being broken up as a practical matter. I was expecting to change a few lines in project.clj and move on, but I have no idea where to find "split-line", "pprint", etc. now...

19:46 it doesn't seem like anyone is really using 1.3, though, except Rich :P

19:47 Netpilgrim: dgreensp: I hope, someone will update the clojure-contrib page on clojure.org to show where all the functions can be found now.

19:47 amalloy: (1) what/where is split-line? (2) pprint was never in contrib, it's in core, so i would be a little surprised if it moved

19:51 shellox: how to split "foo" in a list ['f', 'o', 'o']?

19:53 dgreensp: sorry, clojure.contrib.string/split-lines, and clojure.contrib.pprint -- I guess there is a clojure.pprint too, but for whatever reason I got an error message in my fiddling around from something using the contrib pprint

19:54 amalloy: &(seq "foo")

19:54 lazybot: ⇒ (\f \o \o)

19:57 dgreensp: oh, there's clojure.string/split-lines too -- maybe clojure.contrib.string is completely obsolete

20:03 mudge: anybody here use ring?

20:07 tomoj: ask?

20:07 clojurebot: ask?

20:07 clojurebot: No entiendo

20:07 amalloy: tomoj: that's his real question, actually

20:07 mudge: any reason not to use ring serve for production?

20:07 tomoj: ah

20:08 amalloy: mudge: ring is eminently suitable for production. i suspect [almost] every real-life clojure webserver uses ring

20:08 tomoj: heh

20:08 amalloy: certainly 4clojure.com and geni.com do

20:08 and clojars

20:08 mudge: amalloy: my question is, can ring-serve be suitable for production as the production server

20:10 tomoj: I think only you can decide that

20:18 mudge: does anybody emed jetty into their clojure web application for production?

20:18 or is this only used for development?

20:18 embed*

20:21 amalloy: i think embedding jetty is fairly common, but often you put another webserver in between (possibly another jetty) to proxy to jetty

20:22 mudge: amalloy: is this proxying done so that you can have multiple embeded jetties for multiple websites on the same machine?

20:22 amalloy: that's why i do it. others probably have better reasons

20:23 mudge: amalloy: cool beans, I think I will do something similar

20:28 amalloy: mudge: nginx has been pretty good for my needs, if you're looking for recommendations

20:28 mudge: amalloy: yes looking for recommendations, thanks

20:28 i see using nginx as the proxy server

20:30 amalloy: yes

20:32 mudge: the server at 4clojure.com is serving about a dozen other websites via nginx

20:33 mudge: amalloy: cool, is 4clojure.com yours?

20:33 amalloy: mostly

20:33 mudge: awesome

20:33 how do you go about embedding jetty for those websites?

20:33 amalloy: i don't understand the question. the other websites?

20:34 mudge: i am just curious how you embed jetty for your clojure websites

20:34 in the typical way with ring/ring-jetty-adapter

20:34 ?

20:35 amalloy: https://github.com/dbyrne/4clojure/blob/develop/src/foreclojure/core.clj#L14

20:35 mudge: amalloy: ah, thanks!

20:36 amalloy: and then nginx is told to forward 4clojure.com:80 to localhost:8080

20:36 mudge: amalloy: yea, make sense

20:37 I am currently using lein ring uberwar to create a war file out of my clojure app and then dropping the war app into a tomcat container, but I think I am going to change it so that it is similar to how you are doing it

20:37 with jetty embedded

20:40 amalloy: do you ever connect a repl to one of your remote websites?

20:40 or use a repl somehow with 4clojure as it is running?

20:41 amalloy: no

20:41 mudge: for development?

20:41 amalloy: local copy

20:41 mudge: i see

20:42 st3fan: what is 4clojure?

20:42 mudge: 4Clojure is a resource to help fledgling clojurians learn the language through interactive problems.

20:42 http://4clojure.com/

20:42 st3fan: oh fun

20:43 mudge: the website is also written in clojure: https://github.com/dbyrne/4clojure

20:43 st3fan: cool

20:43 i wrote a little web app with noir

20:43 mudge: st3fan: cool, what's it do?

20:44 st3fan: basically a hackernews clone :)

20:44 mudge: ah, cool

20:44 st3fan: yeah was a good exercise

20:44 i am not sure about generating *all* html in code though

20:44 mudge: why not?

20:45 using hiccup?

20:45 st3fan: yeah

20:45 i would like to combine hiccup with more traditional templates i think

20:45 mudge: there's enlive

20:45 have you used enlive?

20:45 st3fan: nope, checking!

20:46 mudge: not a templating system, you write raw html and enlive allows you to hook and combine things together awesomely

20:47 amalloy: i'm not sure i'd say enlive is *not* a templating system

20:47 mudge: i take it back

20:47 amalloy: it's a DOM transformer

20:47 well. that's not true. it transforms...trees. html, xml, whatever

20:48 st3fan: yeah nice

20:48 i'll give it a try

20:48 mudge: i was thinking that it would be nice to have something that transforms hiccup vectors, like how enlive transforms html

20:49 it would be nice to be able to write hiccup vectors and have something like enlive work on that

20:49 tomoj: bah

20:49 just use hiccup to generate static html?

20:49 ..if you must

20:50 st3fan: tomoj: the problem is that our amazing web people know html and css very well

20:50 well it is not a problem

20:50 tomoj: not suggesting that

20:50 st3fan: but i don't want them to get into clojure

20:50 tomoj: my web people know html and css too

20:50 amalloy: st3fan: tomoj doesn't mind writing html and transforming it with enlive

20:50 tomoj: so I want them to write pure html and css

20:50 amalloy: byt writing hiccup and transforming that with enlive? you lose most of the benefits of both enlive and hiccup

20:51 tomoj: I don't think you lose any enlive benefits unless your hiccup pieces are dynamic

20:51 well, yeah

20:52 st3fan: do you all use Emacs?

20:52 tomoj: you lose the benefit that it's actually written in html :)

20:52 amalloy: st3fan: a majority

20:52 mudge: you only lose the enlive benefit of having raw html, if that is a benefit for you, for me it is not because i don't have html design people

20:52 st3fan: of course, who doesn't use Emacs?

20:58 danenania: hey all, i'm trying to get started with both clojure and emacs on osx 10.6. no experience with either. i am to the point of having swank-clojure installed, and 'lein swank' inside a project opens a connection on 4005. but when i open core.clj with emacs and do 'M-x clojure-jack-in', i get 'No Match'

20:58 any ideas?

20:58 amalloy: if you've started the swank server yourself, just run M-x slime-connect

20:59 danenania: ok.. that is equivalent?

20:59 mudge: clojure-jack-in starts up swank, so you don't need to

20:59 st3fan: neo, jack in

21:00 danenania: i see.. guess i will go with slime-connect then, but i wonder why jack-in isn't working...

21:01 mudge: try clojure-jack-in without a swank process already running

21:02 danenania: haven't had the process running when i've tried

21:02 mudge: ah, i see, i guess emacs doesn't find clojure-jack-in

21:03 danenania: yeah.. well i'll just use connect to get going and maybe figure this out when i understand things better

21:03 thanks for the help

21:04 mudge: amalloy: have you thought of writing a clojure book?

21:04 amalloy: not really interested

21:04 mudge: ah

21:05 amalloy: interactive teaching in #clojure is more fun

21:05 mudge: yea, that's fun

21:15 when is #clojure businest?

21:15 *busiest

21:25 mdeboard: mudge: Seems like it's always very close to the mean

21:26 probably overnights USA would be slowest

21:27 mudge: thanks

21:41 amalloy: why do you use (var app) in (run-jetty (var app) {join false :port 8080})) ?

21:42 amalloy: it's a pretty standard compojure trick, basically giving jetty a pointer to a function instead of a function itself, so that you can re-def stuff and the running jetty instance will see the new code

21:43 st3fan: hm 4clojure is awesome

21:43 mudge: amalloy: i see

21:44 coopernurse: st3fan: agreed.. working on a problem now myself

21:45 st3fan: coopernurse: i'm at the beginning .. implementing count nth last in terms of loop/rest/recur .. learning a lot

21:45 coopernurse: st3fan: nice. do you have a FP background? or is clojure your first

21:46 st3fan: more hobby than a background .. did some common-lisp stuff (practical common lisp)

21:46 clojurebot: lisp is the red pill

21:46 st3fan: but i intend to actually do some useful things with clojure

21:46 mudge: st3fan: like what?

21:46 coopernurse: excellent. clojuredocs is very good too if you haven't seen it yet http://clojuredocs.org/

21:47 st3fan: hm that is ncie

21:49 mudge: amalloy: in this namespace declaration why are some of the namespaces in a vector and some not: (ns foreclojure.core

21:49 (:use compojure.core

21:49 [foreclojure static problems login register golf ring

21:49 users config social version graphs mongo utils]

21:49 ring.adapter.jetty

21:50 amalloy: shorthand for forclojure.static foreclojure.problems...

21:50 mudge: amalloy: oh right, thanks

22:32 technomancy: danenania: your clojure-mode is too old; need to get it from either marmalade or my git repo

22:33 wastrel: what do they pay you for this technomancy

22:33 technomancy: hehe

22:33 danenania: ah thank you, it was actually much dumber than that... i just didn't edit my .emacs file correctly

22:34 all set now

22:34 technomancy: cool

22:58 klutometis: It doesn't look like there's a `defmacro-' analog to `defn-'; and I take it adding `:private true' metadata is meaningless.

22:58 * klutometis should just try it empirically.

22:58 hiredman: why do you take that?

23:01 fbru02: hi ! what's the usual way to embed some server variables in the javascript (using cljs but the question is more general also) , is it templating the javascript and generating the js with the server?

23:07 klutometis: hiredman: It works, but not quite in the way `defn-' works: whereas public functons can call ones defined with `defn-', public macros cannot invoke macros with `:private true' outside the namespace.

23:24 dgreensp: klutometis: there's a clojure.contrib.def/defmacro-

23:27 fbru02: for basic stuff, I usually put (str "clientVars=" (json-str client-vars)) in a script tag

23:28 fbru02: dgreensp: makes sense

23:28 dgreensp: or it should be called serverVars depending on how you look at it :)

23:28 fbru02: :P

23:43 amalloy: i try, where possible, to avoid :private metadata by using closures instead. i guess i don't have a lot of company in this, but you might consider writing your private macro as a macrolet instead, with tools.macro

23:45 (or by just making things public and not worrying about "hiding" them)

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