Dependency Injection Made Easy with Clojure
Dependency inversion is an architectural cornerstone of well implemented Clojure applications. However, many Clojure applications start out with an ad-hoc, poorly abstracted initialization model - since application initialization needs to include dependency inversion in most cases, the latter is often omitted or not given the due attention it deserves.
Not treating dependency inversion as a first class concern has devastating consequences on testability (hence robustness), comprehension and maintainability of code, and causes a vicious circle of broken-windows effect.
In this talk I will go into the details of why and how such things happen, and how one can avoid those. I will discuss dependency injection as a flavour of dependency inversion and as a practical solution to achieve cleaner application design. I will illustrate the use of dependency injection mechanism through code examples and will share my experience of using the mechanism in real world projects.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
The talk would be roughly structured as follows:
- Initialization as a first class concern
- Journey of a programmer: Hacker->Developer->Engineer
- Opportunity for composition/wiring
- Opportunity for instrumentation
- Opportunity for optimization
- Dependency injection as
- A means of composition
- One of the SOLID principles
- Layered design using Higher order Functions
- Organizing code by separating concerns
- Explicit dependencies as a first class concern
- Relevance with side effects (IO config params)
- Great for testing, for simulating scenarios
- Friction with Dependency injection mechanisms
- Dynamic binding
- World-passing anti pattern
- Protocol impedance mismatch
- Var dissociation
- Boilerplate and sync-on-refactor
- Incidental bootstrapping
- Global mutable dependencies: `alter-var-root`
- DIME, the namesake library
- Annotated vars
- Annotated dependencies
- Qualified names encouraged
- Post-inject for effect
- Dependency graph extraction (tooling/visualization)
- How it works
Attendees would learn about the following:
- Importance of Dependency-inversion in application design
- Why does dependency inversion often not receive proper attention
- Cleaner functional programming approach using dependency injection
- Dependency injection anti-patterns to avoid in Clojure
- An easy way to carry out clean dependency injection in Clojure
Intermediate Clojure programmers, or programmers experienced in other languages looking for Clojure best practices
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