At Clojure/conj I had the chance to shake
Rich Hickey’s hand and exchange a few words with him. When I asked him
whether he currently uses CIDER or Cursive for Clojure development he
replied that he preferred a simpler solution –
inferior-lisp-mode. I was a bit surprised because
inferior-lisp-mode sucks (big time). It has always
been extremely limited and was never really improved/extended. It has
no Clojure specific features and no code completion. I felt that Rich
and all the people using inferior-lisp-mode deserved something better,
so I quickly put together inf-clojure.
inf-clojure provides some Clojure specific features like showing a
var’s doc or source, derives some core functionality from
and even features basic code-completion (and
support). That’s not much admittedly, but it’s a good start. Extending
inf-clojure is super easy and I expect that we’ll add a bit more
features to it along the way (e.g. macroexpansion).
inf-clojure is available in MELPA and will eventually replace
clojure-mode 4.0 is released.
Keep in mind that
inf-clojure is nothing like CIDER and will never
be. CIDER will always be the powertool for Clojure programming in
Emacs. I do understand, however, that some people are overwhelmed by
CIDER and some people simply don’t need anything sophisticated. I hope