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This release is the first beta release after the release of Groovy 1.0. But it's a very important release as we've been working on key features putting Groovy clearly as the de-facto enterprise scripting solution. Indeed, Groovy is now the first and sole alternative language for the JVM that supports Java 5 annotations. Groovy 1.1-beta-1 also supports Java 5 static imports.

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A part of the Groovy and Grails team will be present at JavaOne 2007 in San Francisco to present the cool things you can do with Groovy, or how Grails reivents Spring / Hibernate development, so please come and say hi if you're around. This year, Groovy and Grails will be very well represented, there will be 8 Groovy sessions and 3 Grails sessions. Overall, twice as much as last year.

AdditionalyAdditionally, on Monday evening, just before JavaOne, there will be a special GroovyOne community event from 7pm to 10pm at the W Hotel organized by the fine folks from NoFluffJustStuff and the AboutGroovy community site. It will be a great opportunity to meet core Groovy and Grails developers, leads and book authors. More details to follow.

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