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Build Emacs from source on Debian Linux

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Emacs 29 is the current stable release, adding major features: Eglot LSP client, Tree-Sitter language parser and package.el package install from Git repositories.

Building from source is a convenient way to try Emacs features in advance, especially useful for those maintaining or developing new tools on top of Emacs.

Emacs 29 Features

Emacs 29 - what to expect - a brief summary of the major features

Expose Clojure Service using Ngrok

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Exposing a local running services can be valuable when writing apps and web-hooks for Cloud API products, e.g. Slack, Atlassian Confluence, Hasura, Salesforce, etc.

ngrok exposes local networked services behinds NATs and firewalls to the public internet over a secure tunnel.

Create a free ngrok account to get an authorisation token for use with the ngrok agent to create a secure tunnel. Or add an SSH public key to use SSH reverse tunnel with the ngrok service.

Pin Emacs packages to manage issues

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Emacs provides a huge amount of features via packages. Community configurations like Spacmacs orchestrate packages so they work seemlessly together. It is rare, but sometimes a package will have a breaking issue.

Melpa provides (5,544) up-to-date packages automatically built from each projects Git repository. Builds are defined by a recipe for each package.

A custom recipe can be used to control which version of a package is used with the Emacs configuration, to work around issues or changes to a package.

Accessing AWS with Clojure from scratch - simple approach

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Cognitect Labs AWS API is an excellent data driven Clojure library for interacting with AWS from code. The project includes working code examples.

The biggest challenge for those new to AWS is to configuring suitable AWS accounts, programmatic access and service permissions.

This article starts with nothing and steps through the simplest and quickest AWS account and permission setup, using the 🌐 AWS Free Tier.

Service quota limits

Each service has itos own quota limits and some services are only free for a period of time (free trials & 12 months free).

The approach outlined is not intended for commercial work, only the bare essentials to start exploring what is possible with the Cognitect Labs library. Or try 🌐 LocalStack if docker is installed locally.

Docker: a simple workflow for Clojure

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Docker enables a consistent approach to building and running Clojure projects along with a range of other services locally (database, cache, streams, etc.), The Clojure project is built from source when starting services (a watch feature can rebuild on code changes). Heath checks and conditions are set to ensure dependant services start in the correct order.

Running Docker is relatively fast once image overlays (layers) are cached on their first run, so its a viable approach for local system integration testing and acceptance testing, before pushing changes to a remote Continuous Integration service.

A Docker workflow complements a REPL Driven Development workflow, it does not replace it. The main development effort should be more effective via a REPL connected editor with Docker Compose focused on orchestration of services.

Deeper into Docker

Practicalli Engineering Playbook covers Docker and Compose in more detail

London Clojurians Community - a relatively brief history

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The London Clojurian community started in 2009 when Robert Rees tricked Bruce Durling into organsing monthly events. From those humble beginnings the community has grown close to 4,000 members with several monthly events taking place fairly consistently over the last 14 years (5 events in 1 month was the record).

The community has thrived due to the hard work of a great many people and this article probably misses out on a lot of activities (especially in the early years). I would like to thank everyone involved in organising events, hosting events and attending events. Without you there would not be a community.

I steped down as one of the main organisers having delegated all of the work to many other people. The last decade of community work has been very rewarding, but its time for other to continue the work. I now focus on the Practicalli educational websites for learning and using Clojure effectively.