While browsing SoftPro’s web site — my favorite on-line and walk-in book seller in Centennial, CO — http://softpro.com/ — I came across a book called The Joy of Clojure. I wondered what Clojure was and why it was created.
Then, I read a very good review on two Clojure books — http://programmingzen.com/2010/07/16/in-depth-book-review-practical-clojure/ — and wound up purchasing both books mentioned in the review, The Joy of Clojure and Practical Clojure. Each book targets something different, and appears to be very well written.
I am instead learning Clojure, because it is unlike other languages I’ve used. However, given its relationship with Java, learning Clojure might not turn out to be a long shot, at least learning functional programming might turn out not to be a long shot.