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is an agile dynamic language for the Java Platform with many features that inspired languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk, making them available to Java developers using a Java-like syntax.
works cleanly with all existing Java objects and libraries and compiles straight to Java bytecode!
!etoile_foncee.gif!is ideally designed for the following purposes :

  • Developing web applications in a quick, concise and fun way. The [Grails|http://grails.codehaus.org]* demonstrates Groovy's capability in this area.
    * Bringing the power  of a scripting language to the JVM with seamless integration with the Java Platform
    * Writing concise, meaningful, test cases using Groovy's JUnit integration.
    * Prototyping and producing real industrial strength applications
    * Writing shell scripts easily

can be used as a dynamically or staticly typed language and can either be compiled or interpreted

introduces powerful additional features to the JVM such as:

  • 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
    • TBD
  • In addition, provides useful standard features to enhance developer productivity such as:
  • And providing great user defined modules
    • Grails
    • Gram
    • COM Scripting
    • GroovySWT
    • GSP
    • GSQL
    • Process
    • XMLRPC
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