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I was just asked this question by my company who is investing in a Clojure application and I did not have a good answer? Can anyone, in all seriousness tell me what would happen to Clojure if Rich left the project?

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A lot of development on Clojure comes from Relevance Inc., where many of the Clojure stars work, and from Clojure/core, an initiative of Relevance, not (yet) a separate company, which provides consulting on Clojure and fosters development on the language.

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There are quite a few Clojure gurus around now. Just look at the list of authors for the various respected Clojure books to find a kernel of them. Rich Hickey is important to Clojure but I think Clojure may just have a large enough kernel of power users to survive his being hit by a bus.

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When Chuck Norris is hit by bus, bus suffers –  user1249 Apr 6 '11 at 13:51
Do those power users help maintain the compiler? –  Robert Harvey Mar 14 '12 at 15:07
so it'll survive if Richard Alpert asks a disgruntled ex-wife of Hickey to come and work for Mittelos... –  rickyduck Mar 14 '12 at 16:52
When Rich Hickey is hit by a bus, he survives, looks up the meaning of word survival in a dictionary and creates another awesome talk on Infoq. –  Simon Polak Feb 6 at 2:08

Don't know about Clojure, but I am not aware of any high-profile open source project that survived being abandoned by its founder.

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JRuby, Jython, IronRuby, Ruby Shoes, Hackety Hack, Hpricot, Camping are just the first ones that spring to mind. –  Jörg W Mittag Apr 6 '11 at 13:45
Can you give some examples? –  Zubair Apr 6 '11 at 16:00
Ousterhout left Tcl a decade back. Tcl is still one of the most widely used scripting tools in the semiconductor industry if not the most widely used. –  Fanatic23 Apr 6 '11 at 18:22
There is a good example of another JVM language abandoned by his author in the early stages: Groovy! It didn't turn out too bad. –  Damien Apr 7 '11 at 14:19
Being abandoned by the founder is a different situation then a dead founder. Abandonment reflects poorly on the project. It implies the founder found something better. However, a project has no responsibility to make it's founder immune to busses. Well, a typical one doesn't. –  CandiedOrange Feb 8 at 21:34

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