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Dev of the Week: Konrad Garus

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Dev of the Week: Konrad Garus

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Every week, we feature a new developer/blogger from the  DZone community here and in our newsletter, catching up to find out what they're working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to  Konrad Garus. Some of Konrad's most recent DZone posts include:


Hi Konrad! Thanks for talking to us. What have you been working on lately?

Apart from my long-term full-time contract, I've spent quite some time working on various Clojure and ClojureScript projects. I made a few interesting development spikes with ClojureScript and I've worked on a few "real" web applications with Clojure on back- as well as front-end. I really am enjoying this, feeling much more productive, elegant and minimalist (in a good sense) than with any other language I've tried.

I've also tried to broaden my horizons on data analysis, but I had to give up for a while for the simple lack of time. I still think it is very important and it is on my short list of things to study this year.

Do you have any favorite open source projects you've contributed to recently?

I started two projects related to ClojureScript. One is cljs-kickoff for bootstrapping ClojureScript projects based on the lein-cljsbuild plugin for Leiningen. The other is cljs-painkiller, a tiny collection of macros that may make writing object-oriented ClojureScript slightly less painful. I also shared a number of small spikes on integrating ClojureScript with well-known JavaScript libraries.

Finally, I made a few very small contributions to the noir library family for Clojure - cljs-template (another project for bootstrapping ClojureScript projects) and lib-noir (collection of utilities for Clojure web applications).

Do you have a favorite blogger?

If I was to name one person who blogs in English, I would say Tomasz Nurkiewicz. His posts resonate very well with what I do or need and they are really well written.

The list is obviously longer - with Michael Feathers, John Carmack or Paul Graham.

I also enjoy some less technical writing, like that from Tynan (at tynan.com) or Jeff Attwood (best writer about parenting, ever).

You're a big music fan -- what's the last great album you listened to?

The latest addition to my collection is Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day. Despite their age it was a very spectacular, well-executed and energetic show.

I rarely listen to music younger than a few years though, and oftentimes it's more like 20 or 40 years old. Something died in the 80s, and today is too much about sales rather than art.

Thanks, Konrad!

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