Groovy Weekly #51

Here’s the end of a pretty Groovy year coming, giving room for an even groovier one!

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, and that you’re ready to pour in some more drops of Groovy into your software mixes!


Don’t forget to continue starring the Groovy project on Github, if you haven’t done so, so we try to reach 1000 in the new year!


What are going to be your new year’s resolutions? Perhaps some contributions to Groovy’s documentation, some bug fixes or new features?


In the meantime, happy reading, here are a few news bits for your consumption!

And let me wish you a very Groovy year!

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Groovy Weekly #50

Lots among us are celebrating Christmas this week, and Groovy Weekly is happy to wish you all a Merry Christmas! And there’s also an anniversary, as it’s been one year that Groovy Weekly was launched, with the first edition on December 24th (hence my excuse to publish this column on Wednesday 24th instead of on Tuesday as usual)!


For Christmas, the Groovy team decided to release a first release candidate for Groovy 2.4, as well as a Groovy 2.3.9 update.


Did you see this little guerrilla marketing campaign by Guillaume Laforge to encourage you all to make Groovy trendy by starring Groovy on Github?

Thanks for helping us spread the word!


And last news item of the week, Groovy Weekly is being translated in Italian!

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First release candidate of Groovy 2.4

Hot on the heels of our 2.3.9 update, the Groovy team is happy to release the first release candidate of Groovy 2.4 as another Xmas present!

This release candidate is our upcoming new major version of Groovy, including:
  • official support for the Android development platform: you can now develop full Android applications in Groovy, dramatically reducing boilerplate code while keeping performance and memory consumption at the same level as Java apps
  • performance optimizations: lots of improvements have been implemented in both statically compiled Groovy code and dynamic code. (example report of an illustrative micro-benchmark
  • optimized memory use: reworked some compiler internals to reduce memory consumption
  • traits refinements: like the ability to tell that a trait can only be applied to a specific type hierarchy
  • and as usual, lots of bugfixes
We’re planning on releasing the final Groovy 2.4 version in January, once we’re happy with the stability and feedback from the community. 

You can read the Groovy 2.4-rc-1 release notes to learn more about the tickets closed, and head over to the download section of the beta Groovy website to get the latest and latest bits on your computer! The documentation for this version can be found here.

We need your help to test drive this release candidate! We would greatly appreciate if you check this version against your projects and report back any regression or blocker that you come across.

Thanks a lot for all your contributions and support!

Keep on groovy-ing, and groovy holidays!

Groovy Weekly #49

This has been a super busy week, in particular with the 7th edition of the Groovy Grails eXchange conference in London. You’ll find lots of slides and videos already published online, so you won’t miss a beat! For instance don’t miss this talk from Shuichisan how Groovy is used by Japan’s Rakuten mobile backend as a service platform at scale!


A special highlight in the articles section to Cédric’s article on 10 things your static language can’t do.

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Groovy Weekly #48

Almost a year since I started the Groovy Weekly newsletter. And perhaps for the first anniversary, in a handful of weeks, we’ll have reached 2000 news items shared with you all in this column!


This week is a London-ian one, as lots of the Groovy ecosystem inhabitants are migrating to the UK to celebrate the Groovy Grails eXchange conference. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you this week there. It also means that next week, you’ll likely see many links to slides and videos of the conference.


And congrats to the Griffon team for a nice Griffon 2.1 release!

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