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Org-babel-clojure Literate Programming

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Org-babel support for Clojure


Setup scaffold for Clojure Literate Programming in Org-mode.

I like Emacs Org-mode “Literate Programming” very much. It’s a kind of paradigm. I can apply this idea on many places. Now Clojure is my favourite programming language. I hope to combine them together. But ob-clojure does not suitable for Literate Programming very much like other language babel (like Python) supports.

So I decide to solve this problem in my way.


my sample confguration

(require 'ob-clojure-literate)
(setq ob-clojure-literate-auto-jackin-p t)

;;; no project, CIDER jack-in outside of project.
;; ISSUE: can't use `clj-refactor'
;; (setq ob-clojure-literate-project-location nil)
;;; use `ob-clojure/' as ob-clojure-literate project.
(setq ob-clojure-literate-project-location
      (expand-file-name (concat user-emacs-directory "Org-mode/")))
(setq ob-clojure-literate-default-session "*cider-repl ob-clojure*")

;; (add-hook 'org-mode-hook #'ob-clojure-literate-mode)
(define-key org-babel-map (kbd "M-c") 'ob-clojure-literate-mode)


Set option ob-clojure-literate-auto-jackin-p to t, and if ob-clojure-literate minor mode is enabled, it will auto launch CIDER REPL if not exist yet.

(setq ob-clojure-literate-auto-jackin-p t)

Specify and use default CIDER session

You can specify a default CIDER session name by option ob-clojure-literate-default-session. Its value default is "*cider-repl ob-clojure*".

#+begin_src clojure :session "*cider-repl ob-clojure*" :results output
(prn *ns*)

: #namespace[user]

There is a command (ob-clojure-literate-specify-session-header-argument) to insert this session name header argument. You can bind it to a keybinding.

It is smart enough to auto choose from exist sessions if there are more than one.

Support auto initiate session

ob-clojure-literate has support for auto initiate session with ob-core.el built-in function org-babel-initiate-session, which is used by commands like org-babel-switch-to-session / ([C-c C-v C-z]).

Support insert an inline image as result

ob-clojure by default does not support generate graphics file link as inline image result like other Babel languages. Like ob-gnuplot, ob-R etc support this behavior.

Currently ob-clojure-literate only support Incanter. Use this feature like this:

#+begin_src clojure :dir "data/images" :results graphics :file "incanter-plot.png"
(use '(incanter core stats datasets charts io pdf))

(def incanter-plot (histogram (sample-normal 1000)))


Currently (when I write this document), CIDER is going to add content-type result which will support display image. The discussion and PR is at here:

More functions

There are some functions inside this library that I have not represented here. I might update this document someday.

Release History

Original this package is on GitHub (https://github.com/stardiviner/ob-clojure-literate). If you're interested in this project, PR welcome. or contact me.

Documentation from the orgmode.org/worg/ website (either in its HTML format or in its Org format) is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.3 or later. The code examples and css stylesheets are licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 or later.