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Griffon 0.9.5 released

Chris Mayer
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The Grails-inspired framework for writing RIAs in Groovy gets a new update.

The updates are coming thick and fast for one of Groovy’s
fledgling projects, the RIA framework Griffon with the team
announcing yet another version, 0.9.5.

‘Aquila clanga’ may just seem like a routine maintenance release
for Griffon from the
two release candidates
 where the real renovation was
done, but a lot of important issues have been resolved by the
team in the interim.

Event handlers defined in griffon-app/conf/events.groovy no
longer lead to exceptions and thankfully the Griffon wrapper now
works on plugin projects. In fact, the wrapper and plugin aspects
of Griffon have received most attention with the JOGL plugin fully
functionally now. For the full list of those bugs fixed, check out
the list
here
.

Improvements have been made as well with archetype resolution
now specified and the option to add a clean flag to compile
command.

As previously mentioned, the second release candidate saw the
big changes for Griffon 0.9.5 with new features such as an
offline mode for dependency resolution when
building
. When engaged, no external repository will
be queried for dependencies as all dependencies should be resolved
against the current cache.  An option
to disable the event bus in runtime
(critical in an ‘event-storm’) is a huge plus as well.

MVC groups (lifecycle and instantiation events) now
have skipping capabilities and there’s
been a fair amount
of renamed threading
methods
to eradicate previous method name confusion.
The old method names are still available but have been marked as
deprecated and will be removed when Griffon 1.0 is released.

In truth, Griffon’s latest innovation is through the new
Artifact
Portal
which has taken off since we last mentioned it,
with more than 120 plugins already published there
ranging from Swing to Eclipse. More are set to arrive soon, which
is great news for the project.

Want to get to know Griffon better? Project lead Andres
Almiray provides insight in our next Java Tech Journal issue
(devoted entirely to Groovy) which is out on April 17. Keep your
eyes out for that…

Either way, Griffon 1.0 can’t be too far away now and we
await it with anticipation.

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