Interact with the project

With a running REPL you can make changes instantly.

Place your browser where you can see both it and the editor / repl you are using to make changes. Then you can see just how fast Clojurescript development is.

If all is well you now have a browser window saying 'Hello Chestnut', and a REPL prompt that looks like cljs.user=>.

Make changes from the REPL

Quickly experiment with your app by entering Clojurescript code into the repl.

Use the REPL to change the message in the browser window

Enter the following lines of code in the REPL:

(n-ns 'om-clojurex.core)

(swap! app-state assoc :text "I feel the power of the REPL")

The first line changes the namespace to om-clojurex.core, giving you access to the functions and definitions of our project.

The second line updates a value in the application data model, app-state. Specifically this line runs the assoc function to update the value pointed to by text in the map that is referred to by the name app-state. The swap function is used as the map is defined as an atom, a mutable container, providing a managed way to update the state.


Atoms are covered in more detail in section ..., you dont need to understand them just yet.

Make changes in the Clojurescript file

Make more permanent changes by editing the file and saving the changes.

Change files in the Project & watch the saved changes update the browser

Make the following changes to the CSS styles and main Clojurescript file, to see how quickly your changes are reloaded.

  1. Open resources/public/css/style.css and change some styling of the H1 element. Notice how it's updated instantly in the browser.
  2. Open src/cljs/om-clojurex/core.cljs, and change dom/h1 to dom/h2. As soon as you save the file, your browser is updated.
  3. Open src/cljs/om-clojurex/core.cljs and add the following code:

     (swap! app-state assoc :text "Updates from the Editor")

    Evaluate this line of code and again to see how the browser updates.

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