Groovy Projects intends to join the Apache Software Foundation

The Groovy team is happy to announce its intention to join the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).


Following up the recent announcement from Pivotal to end funding of full time developers for the Groovy programming language project, the team thought it would be appropriate to demonstrate to the Groovy community that the project is here for the long term, regardless of any funding from particular sponsoring organizations and regardless of any changes to the team of committers over time.


We had several discussions both online and offline with representatives of various foundations, in particular with the Eclipse Foundation, the Software Conservancy foundation and the ASF.


We’ve been very grateful for the time and advice given by everybody, our users, committers to projects of those foundations, board members, etc. Those discussions have been very fruitful and enlightening. Those foundations are all very interesting and could be a great fit for the project, even if all have their pros and cons, of course. But overall, the Apache Software Foundation is the one that appears to be the best candidate considering our constraints and our philosophy.


We will soon start the process of submitting a proposal for incubation. If the proposal is accepted, the discussions we had on the mailing list highlighted some grey areas that we are going to deal with during that incubation process and we will be very happy to work with our mentors to make sure Groovy remains a major OSS project in the JVM ecosystem.

Groovy Weekly #60

This round number edition is pretty busy!


Last week ended with a pretty sad note, with the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing, the famous vulcan extraterrestrial from Star Trek. This certainly resonates with the Groovy community (and geeks & fans out large) because of our very own Spock testing framework. So let’s all gather and have a thought for this great actor and for his family.


But as a tribute to this great actor and character, the long awaited news is that the Spock testing framework releases its 1.0 version!


Still about releases, Griffon 2.2 is out! As well as the last milestone of Grails 3 before it reaches release candidate status.


Following up the loss of funding for the Groovy and Grails projects, Guillaume Laforge, lead of Groovy, joins Restlet, a startup dedicated to API software.


Another important news for the Groovy community is the closing of Codehaus, which was the birth place of many projects from the ecosystem, including Groovy, Grails, Griffon, GPars, Geb, and others. All projects with some assets remaining there will have to migrate them before mid-May.


I’d like to congratulate Tim Yates for being so awesome and helpful on Stack Overflow, as he’s accounted that he replied to 14% of all questions tagged Groovy!

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Groovy Weekly #59

Groovy keeps rocking with a joint release of Groovy 2.4.1 and also a 2.3.10!


And did you notice the nice new design of the new Grails website, based on Groovy’s website? That’s a family look!


Also, I’d like to end this short editorial with a big congrats to the GVM team who’s reached the 100,000 unique installs! That’s a big milestone!

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Joint releases of Groovy 2.4.1 and 2.3.10

The Groovy development team is happy to announce the joint releases of the Groovy 2.4.1 and Groovy 2.3.10 of the Groovy programming language for the Java platform.


Both releases are bug fix releases, and while Groovy 2.4.1 is the latest official stable branch, we thought it might be helpful to some projects who are still on the 2.3.x line to get a final release for that branch. But going forward, the 2.3.x branch won’t see any upcoming release.


You can learn more about all the tickets closed by reading:


For reference, you can also read the release notes of Groovy 2.4 if you haven't had a chance to since the announcement.

Head over to the download section of the new Groovy website to download the binary distribution, or update your dependencies accordingly with those new version numbers.


Thanks a lot for all those who contributed to this release!

Groovy Weekly #58

The past week’s been pretty calm, in terms of news, but a few of them really stood out.


Netflix again leverages Groovy for scripting its user experience API (additional coverage following last week’s announcement).


The Gradleware team delivered Gradle 2.3! Congrats guys!


And closer to home, a very important discussion about moving Groovy into a foundation has started, inviting members and representatives of different foundations to join and offer their views and experience on the matter.

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