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Miscellaneous improvements to Clojure runtime usability from Java

Description

Using Clojure from Java is very pleasant overall, but there are some rough edges, many of which could be smoothed over with very simple enhancements. I would suggest:

  • there should be an RT.var or Var.find that takes a single string

  • an IFn wrapper should be available that catches and rethrows Exceptions as RuntimeExceptions

  • a simple class (clojure.lang.Clojure perhaps?) that provides a well-documented and stable API for common operations: requiring namespaces, loading files, finding vars, evaluating strings, etc. This also would have a side benefit of allowing breaking changes to the implementation details without breaking interop code.

There are others of this sort that I've come across; will update the above as I remember them.

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Chas Emerick

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Chas Emerick

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