13 June 2016
The Groovy ecosystem apparently did not need a week of rest and recovery after GR8Conf, as this weeks edition is packed with blogs, a great videoseries on Grails 3, a few releases and much more.
Just as promissed in the latest edition, Groovy 2.4.7 has now been officially released. The changelog
show quite a few minor bugs have been resolved.
The fastest way to retrieve the new version is through SdkMan, but the Windows installer is available on Bintray. In the Tiobe index for June, Groovy is still placed nicely on position 26.
Paolo Di Tommaso have taken a look at Apache Spark, and found that it includes the full Apache Groovy runtime! This means Groovy apps run out of the box. You can find a comparison of Java and Groovy programs for counting the number of words at JavaWordCount.java and GroovyWordCount.groovy. I like the readability of Groovy, and here is a great example comparing Java to Groovy.
The Shadow plugin for Gradle, which can create fat jars, have been documented a little better by John Engelman.
Gradle are ready with two new release candidates: 2-14-rc-6, which should be final within a day or two, and The first milestone for Gradle 3.0. In the blog Gradle 3.0 M1: Unleash the Daemon!, you can read about Kotlyn support and the daemon being default on.
The Grails Slack channel have surpassed 2000 members. It is quite active, and people are very helpfull. Find it at grails.slack.com
Schalk W. Cronjé have released Groovyvfs, the Groovy DSL on top of Apache VFS2 in version 1.0. The documentation has also gotten a bt of attention and seems very elaborate.