In the last four installments of Functional programming without feeling stupid I’ve slowly built up a small utility called
ucdump with Clojure. Experimentiing and developing with the Clojure REPL is fun, but now it’s time to give some structure to the utility. I’ll package it up as a Leiningen project and create a standalone JAR for executing with the Java runtime.
Creating a new project with Leiningen
You can use Leiningen to create a skeleton project quickly. In my project’s root directory, I’ll say:
lein new app ucdump
Leiningen will respond with:
Generating a project called ucdump based on the 'app' template.
The result is a directory called ucdump, which contains:
.gitignore README.md project.clj src/ LICENSE doc/ resources/ test/
For now I’m are most interested in the project file,
project.clj, which is actually a Clojure source file, and the
src directory, which is intended for the app’s actual source files.
Leiningen creates a directory called
src/ucdump and seeds it with a
core.clj file, but that’s not what actually what I want, for two reasons:
- I want
ucdumpto be a good Clojure citizen, so I’m going to put it in a namespace
- My Git repository for
ucdumpalso contains the original Python version of the application, which is in <project-root>/python, and I want the Clojure version to live in