Juno, meet Groovy

Eclipse gets Groovy 2.0 via newest plugin

We didn't have to wait long for the merging of two big releases as Groovy 2.0 is coming to Eclipse developers, much sooner than expected.

The update to the Eclipse plugin, Groovy-Eclipse 2.7.0 allows veteran Eclipse developers to get their hands on the Groovy tidbits such as the new static type checker and compilation, plus the new modular approach to Groovy itself. Other new Groovy 2.0 features involve advancements towards JDK 7 in Project Coin and invokedynamic. The compiler itself is an option, and not in as default, as the team want to wait until the next release of Grails to ensure full compatibility.

Andrew Einsenberg also revealed that the project has moved to a Git repository, leaving Subversion behind, so pulling and forking are encouraged. The entire list of new and noteworthy features can be found here.

This is of course the first version to support Eclipse 4.2 (Juno). An Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) download is also available for those not yet experiencing the latest Eclipse release, with Eclipse 3.6 (Helios) no longer supported. A tweet from VP of Marketing at Eclipse, Ian Skerrett revealed that Juno had been downloaded 550,000 times in one week, suggesting they would hit the one million mark in record time.

Groovy itself has been given a lick of paint recently too, with new minor features and small fixes noted by Project Lead, Guillaume Laforge. The Groovy-Eclipse plugin will get another update in October in 2.8.0, but for now, there's more than enough for Eclipse developers utilising when using the newest release of Groovy.

Chris Mayer

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