The Clojure Vienna user group was started by Aaron Cruz (serial meetup organizer) and Angeliki Chrysochou. Peter Brachwitz took over when they decided to move on, because he thought Clojure to be too important and interesting as a language not to have a dedicated user
group in Vienna. Asking him for a funny anecdote to share he answered: “Funny? We are dead serious about Clojure.”
How do you stay in contact with your members?
Initially we only used meetup.com. But I have also created a Twitter account for the group recently.
How did your user group evolve, what possible initial hurdles did you surpass?
Not sure we are over the initial hurdles just yet. But one thing that I noticed and I have also seen elsewhere is that it is quite hard to find people who are willing to prepare a talk or contribute in some other form
to the meetup. It is understandable, because there is a bit of work involved in order to prepare something presentable. That’s one of the reasons I have started doing coding dojos as an additional format. It is really
useful as it blurs the distinction between audience and contributors/presenters.
How many members does your user group have today, how many show up at meetups on average?
We are admittedly still quite small. We had an average of about 9 participants at the last couple of meetups .
How much time do you spend moderating your group on a weekly basis?
It is not that much work on a week by week basis, but there is a spike of activity before the actual meetup where I spend a couple of evenings preparing.
Are you planning something special for 2015?
Clojure 1.7 is coming and it brings some exiting new features. Transducers are the most prominent and I think we will devote considerable attention to them in 2015. But there are so many other things we have not
covered yet: Stuart Sierra’s component library, core.typed, Prismatic’s schema, graph, plumbing libraries… And that list just goes on.
The other thing we wanted to do is to look at some of the existing larger Clojure projects/code bases and discuss how to tackle such a project. Kyle Kingsbury’s Riemann monitoring library comes to mind as a
When is the next meetup and do you already have a preliminary calendar you can share?
We don’t have a fixed calendar yet, but as a rule of thumb we meet once a month to do either a coding dojo or a regular meetup with short presentations and discussions. The easiest way to find out what is
coming up is to have a look at our group on Meetup.com.
The next Clojure Vienna meetup will take place January 21st at sektor5.