Groovy Weekly #55

This week is a bit more positive than the previous with the announcement of the release of Groovy 2.4!


But some interesting and thoughtful pieces have also been written about last week’s sad news about Pivotal divesting in Groovy and Grails.


In spite of this, SpringOne2GX 2015 has been announced with 4 Groovy and Grails tracks, in Washington DC, mid-September.


Last but not least, the second edition of Groovy in Action is going into production!


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Groovy 2.4 released

The Groovy team is happy to announce the release of Groovy 2.4.0!

The big highlight of this release is the Android support, which allows developers to write Android applications fully using Groovy, with much less boilerplate code than raw Java.

The team also focused on various improvements in terms of performance, smaller bytecode generation, or memory consumption.

Other interesting aspects worth noticing in this release are:
  • traits can use the @SelfType annotation with static type checking enabled to restrict to what classes traits can be applied
  • GDK methods improvements
  • some refinements to existing AST transformations
  • further Groovysh improvements as well.
Please have a look at the full release notes for Groovy 2.4 to know more about the new features and all the interesting tickets closed.

You can have a look at the 2.4 changelog on the new Groovy website too.

And then, just go grab this release while it's hot!

Thanks a lot to all those who contributed to this release, whether through bug reports, but also with documentation or code contributions through pull requests. All your help is warmly welcome!

Your support of Groovy and its ecosystem is what makes Groovy so strong, and what will allow it to continue making us all more productive for the next decade!

Keep on groovy'ing!

Groovy Weekly #54

This week’s edition of Groovy Weekly is a bit peculiar, as the big news of the week is Pivotal’s announcement that it will stop funding the Groovy and Grails projects.


As a result those popular Open Source projects are now seeking a new home!


You can read Guillaume Laforge’s and Graeme Rocher’s announcements to hear a bit more about the story. And if your company is interested in further funding the projects, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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The Groovy project is looking for a new home

Pivotal just announced it’s decision to stop sponsoring and funding the development of the popular Groovy and Grails Open Source projects. As a result, both Groovy and Grails are looking for new sponsors willing to further help develop the projects full steam!


The Groovy programming language has been around for a while for more than 11 years. During that time, it has nicely evolved from a side hobby project to the very mature and successful alternative language it is today, used by Fortune 500 companies throughout the world, in various projects and contexts.


With 1.7 million downloads in 2012, 3 million in 2013, and well over 4 million in 2014 (definitive numbers still need to be calculated), Groovy is leading the pack of the JVM language ecosystem, and continues seeing positive growth.


There are many ideas the Groovy team wants to develop further, features we want to bring to life, improvements we want to make, to keep Groovy always ahead of the curve, to help you developers be productive on the JVM platform. For that, we’ve been thankful for having had a handful of us able to work full time on the project, and we’re looking forward continuing to do so under a new umbrella.


The Groovy community has always been a key driver for the language, providing feedback, bug reports, contributions big and small, and we hope that you will help us find a solution to make Groovy shine as bright as ever.


Of course, we’re going to continue to develop Groovy, open it to new horizons like we did for the Android platform, implement new features, fix bugs, increase performance, complete the new documentation, launch the new website, and more. Your contributions will obviously be more than welcome to sustain the project’s pace. We’re looking forward to working with you all to push Groovy forward!


If your company is interested in discussing funding of the project, and employing members of the Groovy team, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly (sponsorship@groovy-lang.org). Thanks in advance for your help, and keep on groovy’ing!


Update: Graeme's blog post about the announcement

Groovy Weekly #53

The Groovy development team released the second release candidate of Groovy 2.4, please be sure to check your applications with this version and report any issue you may be finding, so that we can all ensure 2.4 is a rock-solid release.


Note the publication of MrHaki’s Gradle Goodness Notebook! If you’re using Gradle, this is worth the investment to have that resource handy for mastering your build automation.

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