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Thu, 11 Dec 2003
Groovy 1.0beta
I mentioned in the last post that my interests are taking me away from the details of XML, in particular, the nitty gritty, language lawyering aspects of XML. Part of this is that I'm tired of language lawyering over angle brackets. On the positive side, I'm very engaged with what's happening in Chandler (which is good since that's my day job).

In the Java space, one of the things that I'm most excited about is James Strachan's Groovy which has just gone beta. As I mentioned in my ApacheCon notes, I managed to convince James to give me the skinny on Groovy while we were both in Las Vegas. Since then, he's been hard at work, and recently, I've set my IRC client to autologin to #groovy -- so that I can at least log what's happening. I hope to be able to actually participate soon (I need to do the same for #joiito, which Mark Pilgrim and Joe Gregorio were advocating to me - one thing at a time). What James has done with Groovy was already impressive at ApacheCon, and my personal feeling is that if you want a Python or Ruby like language for Java, you want Groovy. Sam asked James if he could do a .NET/C# version of Groovy, which I think is an interesting idea. The only problem is that Groovy uses the Java libraries as its libraries, so a .NET Groovy would be incompatible. Oh, did I mention that there's an Eclipse plugin for Groovy too?

I hope that I'll be able to report more about Groovy in the weeks ahead -- I've downloaded my copy. Go get yours.

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