Radio Télévision Suisse

04 April 2017

Welcome to the first in an ongoing series of interviews with companies using Clojure and ClojureScript!


This first interview is with Frédéric Vergez about his work at RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse), the Swiss national TV and radio broadcaster, and the national news website.

How long have you been working with Clojure and ClojureScript?

For the last 3 years with Clojure, a bit more than a year with ClojureScript.

How are you using Clojure and ClojureScript?

Mainly data processing and visualisation for news articles, maps, and web-services in the data-journalism domain. Some examples include a map of events during the 5 year period after the "Arab Spring" and $weethome, a "quality of life" simulator in Switzerland.

What libraries have you enjoyed working with the most?

We use a lot of libraries, but the most important ones would be:

We’re still evaluating clojure.spec, and use it mainly on backends. Also considering Datomic (still in early phases / P.O.C).

What about working with Clojure gives you the most value?

  • functional

  • pragmatism

  • readability

  • performance

  • one language/philosophy from backend to frontend

What is your favorite feature of Clojure/ClojureScript?

  • LISP

  • JVM/Node/V8/CLR : omnipresence

  • REPL based

  • Good IDE support

What is your stack?

Mainly based on AWS (S3, EC2, Beanstalk, EMR, RDS…​) for backend. We use PostgreSQL and PostGIS a lot but are considering Datalog on some projects. We’re currently evaluating using AWS Lambda with Clojure, and seriously considering using it with ClojureScript + Node.

Why is using Clojure/ClojureScript valuable to your business?

  • sustainability

  • relative simplicity

  • coherence of the language/stack/community

  • time to market

  • fun!

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