No, thread macros do not have anything to do with threading or parallel computing. They are just a Clojure form for ‘threading’ a expression through other expressions in essentially reverse order so nested structures can become more readable. I went through my tic tac toe Clojure code and found a variety of places to use it in order to improve readability. Improve is surrounded in air quotes in my mind as I prefer Polish Notation. I don’t know, it looks better nicer to me, but it is not for everyone. Which is partially why thread-macros are used.
A few lines in question that have been ‘threaded:’
(-> (read-total-tally) (display-tally)))
(-> file-name file .exists))
(-> (* dimension dimension) range vec))
(-> board-spaces Math/sqrt int)
player-tally (-> [player-one-name player-two-name] (zipmap (repeat schema/default-wins-losses-draws-scores)) atom)
They are not extremely nested so the change isn’t that big, but I find that using the -> macro improves readability marginally, and at least removes some confusion in certain areas. Makes it less horizontally packed and spreads it out vertically. There were a few points that really made it nicer, namely the last one. I would only use it sparingly, though.