I work in academia, where Python has a strong grip (especially, it seems, in Computer and Data Science). Now, I don’t have any complaints with Python (other than that I believe Clojure’s syntax is miles beyond Python), but it lacks the sheer awesomeness of Clojure (that could be another post…). For community sake, though, I find myself wondering, are there any solutions to interoperability with Python? Has anyone made headway in Jython or anything else which could allow Clojure users to access Python libraries, perhaps? This comes to mind as all my colleagues are using Numpy, Gensimm, and NLTK, and as with all things Python, rave about the easiness of the process.
I realize this might be a misguided question, as Clojure is a hosted language and Python doesn’t seem capable of being a good host. It’s really just the eco-system and developer familiarity that could be desirable, since Clojure seems to have a tragic shyness about working on data science.