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Google App Engine gets Groovy in Gaelyk 1.2

Chris Mayer
Gaelyk

The latest version of the lightweight Groovy framework has arrived, making it even easier to deploy Groovy-based applications on Google App Engine

The latest version of the Groovy-based framework Gaelyk 1.2 has
arrived, upgrading to the latest version of the Groovy language and
Google App Engine SDK, to make application deployment that much
easier.

Groovy Project Manager Guillaume LaForge, who’s incredibly busy
getting things in place for Groovy 2.0, made the announcement on
his personal blog, detailing just some of the new features
available for the framework. One change you’ll notice straight away
is that the new template project uses Twitter Bootstrap,
making it just a bit glossy and nicer on the eye.

In terms of notable changes, the Gradle Gaelyk plugin
boots up quicker by offering 
pre-compilation
of groovlets and templates
 whilst a new search service
integration simplifies usage a lot, binding and bringing
together additional DSLs for index handling and querying
. A
new binary
plugins
 feature is available, as is the @Entity
transform
 to add datastore CRUD operations to your Groovy
classes.

Gaelyk (unlike its namesake) isn’t archaic at all, with a really
intuitive plugin
system
for code reuse and code sharing. The toolkit allows you
to deploy Groovy applications on Google App Engine; a useful
workaround that simplifies the SDK process by providing shortcuts
for datastore and memcache amongst other things. It also builds
upon Groovlets and
the Groovy template
servlet
. The better news is it is completely open source and
hosted on GitHub.

You can get your hands on the new JAR and Template
Project
 here, where you’ll also
see the Changelog. Why not join the community while
you’re at it too!

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