Saturday, October 18, 2008

2008-10-18 Saturday - Groovy Language

This weekend I've installed Groovy 1.5.7

Groovy 1.5, the latest major and stable version of the popular dynamic language for the JVM, has been released. In a nutshell, it brings new features like Java 5 annotations, generics and enums, it provides significant performance gains, new meta-programming capabilities, new and improved tooling support like the new joint Groovy/Java compiler, the new interactive shell, or the Groovy Swing console, and a few other additions in its syntax, like the new Elvis operator or the ability to omit parentheses in methods with named arguments to make DSLs even more readable.


Groovy

* is an agile and dynamic language for the Java Virtual Machine

* builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk

* makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve

* supports Domain-Specific Languages and other compact syntax so your code becomes easy to read and maintain

* makes writing shell and build scripts easy with its powerful processing primitives, OO abilities and an Ant DSL

* increases developer productivity by reducing scaffolding code when developing web, GUI, database or console applications

* simplifies testing by supporting unit testing and mocking out-of-the-box

* seamlessly integrates with all existing Java objects and libraries

* compiles straight to Java bytecode so you can use it anywhere you can use Java


Groovy Documentation

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