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The conditional dispatch in clojure.walk is slow and not open to extension. Prior to
CLJ-1105 it did not support records.
Approach: Reimplement clojure.walk using protocols. The public API does not change. Users can extend the walk protocol to other types (for example, Java collections) if desired. As in
CLJ-1105, this version of clojure.walk supports records.
Performance: My tests indicate this is 1.5x-2x the speed of the original clojure.walk. See https://github.com/stuartsierra/clojure.walk2 for benchmarks.
Risks: This approach carries some risk of breaking user code that relied on type-specific behavior of the old clojure.walk. When running the full Clojure test suite, I discovered (and fixed) some breakages that did not show up in clojure.walk's unit tests. See, for example, commit 730eb75 in clojure.walk2