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Groovy is an agile dynamic language for the Java Platform with many features that are inspired
by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk, making them available to Java developers using
a Java-like syntax.

Developing web applications , writing shell scripts easily, writing concise, meaningful, test cases using Groovy's JUnit integration, or prototyping and producing real industrial strength applications have never been so concise and groovy.

Groovy works cleanly with all existing Java objects and libraries and compiles straight to Java bytecode in either application development or scripting mode.

Groovy provides powerful additional :

  • language conceptual enhancements
    • Support for closures - re-usable blocks of code
    • Native syntax for lists and maps
    • Support the Gof Builder pattern via the notion of builders
    • Syntax level regex operators and escape sequences
    • Native JavaBean support
    • Operator overloading  to simplify working with datatypes Collections and Maps
    • Polymorphic iteration and autoboxing
    • Extension of Java Standard Library through the GDK
  • useful standard features to enhance developer productivity such as:
  • great user defined modules
    • Grails : Groovy-based web framework inspired by Ruby on Rails
    • Gram : a simple xdoclet-like tool for processing doclet tags or Java 5 annotations
    • COM Scripting
    • GroovySWT : wrapper around SWT , the eclipse graphical library
    • Wiki Markup
      {link:GroovySOAP|http://docs.codehaus.org/display/GROOVY/Groovy+SOAP}{link}
      : accessing through groovy web services
    • GSP : Groovy server pages
    • GSQL : accessing databases through Groovy
    • Process : handling external processes
    • XML-RPC : RPC over HTTP really easilly
    • Jabber-RPC: RPC over Jabber based instant messaging systems (including Google Talk)
    • Wiki Markup
      {link:GoogleDataSupport|http://docs.codehaus.org/display/GROOVY/Google+Data+Support}{link}
      : Use the Google Data APIs esilly from within Groovy
    • GORM : Grails Object-Relational Mapping
    • Groovy Monkey: Eclipse Monkey port to Groovy with some enhancements.

Enjoy making your code groovier !!!!

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