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Overview

Griffon 0.9.5-rc1 – "Aquila wahlbergi" - is a maintenance release of Griffon 0.9.

New Features

Buildtime

Dependencies

Griffon 0.9.5 upgrades the following dependencies

  • Groovy 1.8.6
  • Spring 3.1.0.RELEASE
  • Ant 1.8.2
  • Slf4j 1.6.4

Plugins and Archetypes

Perhaps the biggest change brought by this release is the full rework of the plugin system. Under the new rules it should be easier to create/build/install/upgrade/manage plugins. Archetypes too can be versioned and released like plugins are. this should make it easier to locate and install archetypes.

Artifact Repositories

Hosting your own plugins and archetypes just got easier. No more fumbling around with SVN and HTTP, the only thing you need now is a writable directory in the filesystem for now. Griffon 0.9.5 delivers 3 types of artifact repositories: local, remote and legacy. A default local repository is always available to you; you may configure additional ones. Remote repositories are supported in this version but the code to publish them is not yet released (keep an eye on https://github.com/griffon/griffon-artifact-portal though). Finally the legacy repository should ease up the transition to the new workflow.

Configuring a local repository is dead simple, as the following snippet shows

 

The repo definition may be placed under griffon-app/conf/BuildConfig.groovy or $USER_HOME/.griffon/settings.groovy

Classpath Resolution

The classpath used for build, compile, runtime and test should now be resolved at the last possible moment, instead of the earliest possible as it was before. Resolving the classpath eagerly caused a lot of trouble with addons.

Default Answer in Non Interactive Mode

Sometimes a command may require the user to specify a missing value. When the build is run in interactive mode (the default mode) then it's just a matter of typing the value in the console. However, if the build is run in non-interactive mode then it's very likely it will fail.

For this reason, the Griffon build accepts the definition of a default answer if the griffon.noninteractive.default.answer key is specified, like this

Be warned that this setting applies to every single input asked by a command.

Default Packaging Targets

4 packaging targets get executed when the package command is called with no arguments. There's now the option to specify which ones, by defining a list of Strings for griffon.packaging, for example

Now only those 2 targets will be executed whenever the package command is called without arguments. You can specify additional targets if the Installer plugin is available.

Dependency Resolution

It's now possible to specify SNAPSHOT dependencies on plugins and JARs. Classifiers on dependencies will also be honored, both in condensed and extended format, that is

Interactive Shell

There's a new interactive shell based on Apache Karaf's console. This new tool can be invoked by calling griffonsh from the command line. This console should enable faster responses as the JVM is started only once; also dependencies are cached and environment settings are retained. This shell grants access to all standard griffon command plus a few ones specific to this new environment. There are some rough edges still so treat it carefully (smile)

Runtime

Swing Plugin

Swing support has been moved out of core and into its own plugin (https://github.com/griffon/griffon-swing-plugin). This should enable faster updates for Swing related bugs and features.

WindowManager and JInternalFrames

Speaking of Swing, the WindowManager is now capable of dealing with JInternalFrames as if they were windows. You can now show/hide/manage JInternalFrames in the same way as Windows.

Automatic Addon Discovery

Addons will now be automatically discovered and registered by the runtime. There's no longer a need to configure addons in plugin scripts (like _Instal.groovy) unless the addon requires non-standard configuration (which should be the least of cases).

Additional MVC Group Configuration

It's now possible to supply a group with more configuration while each member is being initialized. Simply define a config member in the group's definition, for example

You can access these values directly from the arguments passed to the mcGroupInit method, like this

Breaking Changes

Buildtime

The plugin system and classpath resolution have been completely overhauled. We don't expect any major breackages however we sure to upgrade to the latest versions of available plugins. If you're running a plugin that has not been upgraded to 0.9.5 and its causing you trouble then please let us know asap and we'll fix it.

Runtime

Now that Swing support is provided outside of core every application must make sure to include it as a dependency. The upgrade command does this for you.

Sample Applications

Griffon 0.9.4 ships with 5 sample applications of varying levels of complexity demonstrating various parts of the framework. In order of complexity they are:

File Viewer

File Viewer is a simple demonstration of creating new MVCGroups on the fly.

Source: samples/FileViewer

To run the sample from source, change into the source directory and run griffon run-app from the command prompt.

GroovyEdit

GroovyEdit is an improved version of FileViewer that uses custom observable models.

Source: samples/GroovyEdit

To run the sample from source, change into the source directory and run griffon run-app from the command prompt.

Font Picker

Font Picker demonstrates form based data binding to adjust the sample rendering of system fonts.

Source: samples/FontPicker

To run the sample from source, change into the source directory and run griffon run-app from the command prompt.

Greet

Greet, a full featured Griffon Application, is a Twitter client. It shows Joint Java/Groovy compilation, richer MVCGroup interactions, and network service based data delivery.

Source: samples/Greet

To run the sample from source, change into the source directory and run griffon run-webstart from the command prompt. Because Greet uses JNLP APIs for browser integration using run-app will prevent web links from working.

SwingPad

SwingPad, a full featured Griffon Application, is a scripting console for rendering Groovy SwingBuilder views.

Source: samples/SwingPad

To run the sample from source, change into the source directory and run griffon run-app from the command prompt.

0.9.5-rc1 Release Notes

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Type Key Summary Assignee Reporter Priority Status Resolution Created Updated Due
Bug GRIFFON-392 EventPublisher compilation problem Andres Almiray Konstantin Grigoriev Critical Closed Fixed Jul 26, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Improvement GRIFFON-409 Compile classpath should be resolved as late as possible Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Critical Closed Fixed Sep 18, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-106 Packaging error on WSClient plugin (groovyws-standalone-0.5.0.jar) Danno Ferrin Jens Hoffmann Major Closed Fixed Nov 17, 2009 Mar 09, 2012
Improvement GRIFFON-123 Add a preInstall hook for plugins Danno Ferrin Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Dec 14, 2009 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-327 uninstall-plugin does not work on Windows Andres Almiray Tobias Schulte Major Closed Fixed Feb 18, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-377 RunApp fails if path elements are already quoted Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Jun 28, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Improvement GRIFFON-408 Skip dependency resolution for certain commands Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Sep 18, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Improvement GRIFFON-410 Extract swing support into its own plugin Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Sep 18, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Improvement GRIFFON-411 Internalize addon discovery at runtime Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Sep 18, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
New Feature GRIFFON-412 Archetypes should be versioned/release like plugins Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Sep 18, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
New Feature GRIFFON-413 New command that lists available archetypes in archetype repos Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Sep 18, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-426 Griffon does not take provided scope of transitive dependencies into account Andres Almiray Wim Deblauwe Major Closed Fixed Oct 24, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-428 Java Jumpstart archetype is broken Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Oct 28, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-430 GDSL crashes in IDEA Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Nov 09, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Improvement GRIFFON-431 Intellisense in the controllers should know about doOutside and doLater Andres Almiray Rick Jensen Major Closed Fixed Nov 10, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
New Feature GRIFFON-434 Allow WindowManager to handle JInternalFrames Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Nov 11, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-435 Spock Unit Tests With Closure definitions fail with java.lang.IllegalAccessError Andres Almiray Stephen Nesbitt Major Closed Fixed Nov 22, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Improvement GRIFFON-437 Allow specifying default package targets Andres Almiray Wim Deblauwe Major Closed Fixed Nov 28, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-438 ClassNode#getTypeClass is called before the type class is set Andres Almiray Wim Deblauwe Major Closed Fixed Dec 06, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
Bug GRIFFON-439 Automatic loading of ArtifactHandlers is broken Andres Almiray Andres Almiray Major Closed Fixed Dec 11, 2011 Mar 09, 2012
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  1. jim

    Getting null pointer error on SwingMenuBar,Groovy

    Guessing that swingxbuilder isn't right ?

    Other minor problems - you need to update the system variable "griffon-version" on windows 7. Update the instructions.