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Blog from July, 2011

Hi all,

The Groovy development team is happy to announce the joint releases of Groovy 1.8.1 and 1.9-beta-1.

Both releases feature the following improvements and new features:

  • The performance optimizations for primitive type calculations are now covering all the primitive types
  • The builtin JSON support adds:
    • a streaming builder (StreamingJsonBuilder) for when you want to stream your JSON payload directly to a writer (when you don't need to modify the data structure before outputing)
    • and the two builders adds a simple serialization of POGOs/POJOs (just pass the object as a value)
  • The groovysh shell supports tab-completion for completing your variables and method names
  • Plus the usual GDK refinements that you can find on the release notes below.

And the first beta of the upcoming 1.9 line is adding on top of that:

  • Most of Java 7 Project Coin enhancements:
    • Use underscores in number literals: 1_000_000_000
    • Binary literals: 0b01010101
    • Catch multiple exceptions at once with multicatch: catch (IOException | NullPointerException e)

You can learn more about the tickets closed for these issues here:

And of course, you can download Groovy 1.8.1 and Groovy 1.9-beta-1 in our download area.

Keep on groovying!