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Since Groovy 1.0, the team also worked on improving the tool chain by creating a joint Java / Groovy compiler to let you mix and match Groovy and Java classes in the same compilation step. A GroovyDoc equivalent to JavaDoc lets you document your Groovy classes. The rewritten interactive shell is now really interactive and provides useful command completions for making you more productive, and the Groovy Swing console has also been improved thanks to our talented Swing team and the help of Swing expert Romain Guy.

Initially, the Groovy team expected to call the release 1.1, as shown by the various betas and release candidates for 1.1, but considering the breadth of improvements and new features, the team decided to rebrand it to 1.5, which corresponds more to the level of maturity and quality of the language, following the path of other projects such as Spring jumping from 2.1 to 2.5 right before the release. 

Apart from improvements or the creation of these new tools, you should have a look at JetBrains' JetGroovy, a fantastic Groovy and Grails plugin which provides advanced coding capabilities to IntelliJ IDEA: