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Clojure REST API

Clojure is a functional programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). It’s known for its concise syntax, immutability, and powerful concurrency support. It’s a great choice for building web applications, and it’s often used to create RESTful APIs.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how to write a REST API in Clojure using the popular Ring and Compojure libraries.

Setting up the project

To get started, we need to set up a new project. We’ll use Leiningen, a popular build tool for Clojure projects.

This command will create a new directory called my-api with a basic Clojure project structure.

Next, we need to add the dependencies for Ring and Compojure to our project. We’ll add these to the project.clj file in the root of our project.

We also need to create a handler.clj file in the src/my_api directory. This file will contain the code for our API.

Creating routes

Now that we have our project set up, let’s create some routes for our API. We’ll use Compojure to define our routes.

In this code, we’re defining a single route that responds with “Hello, World!” when we make a GET request to /hello. We’re also wrapping our routes with some default middleware provided by Ring.

Starting the server

To start our API, we need to create a Jetty server and pass in our routes.

In this code, we’re starting a Jetty server on port 3000 (or whatever port is provided by the PORT environment variable). We’re passing in our app function from the handler namespace.

Testing our API

Now that we have our API set up and running, we can test it using a tool like cURL or HTTPie.

And that’s it! We’ve successfully created a simple REST API using Clojure, Ring, and Compojure. From here, we can add more routes and functionality to our API as needed.

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