Q1 2023 Funding round and survey results
By Alyssa Parado
Clojurists Together is starting our next funding round for Q3 2022. Applications are open until the 20th of December 2022. Apply today!
Developers can choose between two different funding tiers ($2,000 and $9,000) and can decide on the length of the funding, from 1 to 12 months (for the $9,000 tier). Funding would start from 1st of February but the start of funding can be delayed by up to two months. The $2k funding tiers are for experimental projects or smaller proposals, whereas the $9k tier is for more established projects.
We will be funding 4 $9k projects, and 4 $2k projects.
If you work on a Clojure open source project, especially one mentioned as a focus area for our members, please consider applying.
As the year comes to a close, we surveyed our developer and company members to find out what they wanted us to focus on 2023. Here are some of the results:
Which platforms do you target?
What areas of Clojure would you like to see improvement in?
What areas of ClojureScript would you like to see improvement in?
What areas of the Clojure and ClojureScript ecosystem need support?
- tooling, but not “more feature” but an easier way to use them
- more tools, IDE improvements and better stacktraces
- wide range of cross-area tools and libraries
- tooling and their performance
Documentation, Tutorials and Beginner experience
- documentation and examples
- beginner support
- discoverability of existing tools - beginner friendly documentation
- more education and outreach to grow the userbase
- outreach to developers outside the community
- simple maintenance of “abandoned” libs, primarily semi-regular releases that bump dependencies
What areas of the Clojure and ClojureScript ecosystem are strong?
- The help from the Clojurist Community on Slack ❤️
- Tooling features and performance
- The language + tooling is super strong; we just need more people using them
- Powerful yet simple libraries (if you can find them) and build tooling
- Forward-thinking state management approaches
- General stability
Are there any particular libraries, tools, or projects that are important to you that you would like to see supported?
- djblue portal
- ESM clojurescript
- Shadow Cljs
- Undertow adapter
- VS Code
What would you like to be different in the Clojure community in the next 12 months?
- Stacktraces and more IDE tools
- More outreach to spread info about Clojure to communities outside of the Clojure community.
- A body like Clojurists Together could be a trusted entity for taking over management of abandoned Clojure libraries. [Note: We think that clj-commons is already doing a great job at this]
- More unified documentation experience
- I’d like to see the community grow more / faster
- Supporting experimental uses of clojure in new domains
- Improve leiningen and deps (and off course other libraries) to be natively GraalVM compatible. Deploying jars and combo packages is a headache for production companies.