rest api with clojure

Write at 2017 May 11

Let’s build an api to store podcast in Clojure.

lein new compojure minicast

We’ll use MySQL, JSON so let’s update project.cli to include those dependencies

                 [ring/ring-json "0.3.1"]
                 [korma "0.3.0-RC5"]
                 [blackwater "0.0.9"]
                 [mysql/mysql-connector-java "5.1.6"]]

We also want to track minicastormance with newrelic, so let’s add them as well:

:java-agents [[ "3.38.0"]]

The whole file loosk like this:

(defproject minicast "0.1.0-SNAPSHOT"
  :description "FIXME: write description"
  :url ""
  :min-lein-version "2.0.0"
  :dependencies [[org.clojure/clojure "1.8.0"]
                 [compojure "1.5.1"]
                 [ring/ring-defaults "0.2.1"]
                 [ring/ring-json "0.3.1"]
                 [korma "0.3.0-RC5"]
                 [blackwater "0.0.9"]
                 [mysql/mysql-connector-java "5.1.6"]]

  :java-agents [[ "3.38.0"]]

  :plugins [[lein-ring "0.9.7"]]
  :ring {:handler minicast.handler/app}
  {:dev {:dependencies [[javax.servlet/servlet-api "2.5"]
                        [ring/ring-mock "0.3.0"]]}})

lein will generate the app with a single file handler.clj in src/minicast/handler.clj where we will define our router and handle.

Since we want to return JSON and want this to handle seamslessly, we need some middleware and macro

(ns perf.handler
  (:require [compojure.core :refer :all]
            [compojure.route :as route]
            [ring.middleware.defaults :refer [wrap-defaults site-defaults]]

            [ring.middleware.json :as json]
            [ring.util.response :refer [response]]
            [perf.query :refer :all]

(defroutes app-routes
  (GET "/" [] "Hello World")
  (GET "/morgos/api/user/:id/filtered_content_match" {params :params}
    (response (get-advice params)))
    ;(response (get-advice (Integer/parseInt id))))

  (route/not-found "Not Found"))

(def app
  (-> (wrap-defaults app-routes site-defaults)


To start with newrelic, you will need to download the newrelic agent, we can put them into a folder call vendor or something and invoke lein like this:

NEWRELIC_APP_NAME=Minicast NEWRELIC_LICENSE_KEY=lic lein ring headless-server