Luna Eclipse based Spring and Groovy/ Grails Tool Suite 3.6 now available

Lucy Carey

Built around the Java 8 compatible version of the IDE, the new Spring Tools are swept of bugs and fine tuned with a host of new features.

Eclipse-based developer tools Spring Tool Suite (STS) and the
Groovy/Grails Tool Suite (GHz), designed around the crowd
pleasing release Luna
 4.4, which officially dropped a few  weeks
ago (click here for
the headline features), have now reached
version 3.6

Luna 4.4  is notably the first Eclipse
release to feature built in support for
. To this end, Eclipse’s Eclipse’s Java compiler
EJC (Eclipse Compiler for Java) and the JDT editor have been tooled
to handle Java-8 constructs such as lambda expressions, type
annotations and default methods. Thanks to these updates, JDT can
now be used in the conversion of anonymous inner classes in lambda
expressions. Intelligent code completion  by the

Recommenders project
lists the most probable code
additions from the Java 8-universe, and nifty tool Snipmatch
 allows you to seek out an expandable snippet library code

As with any big update, with the ascension of
Eclipse Luna came the fall of a series of old components, namely,
following in the footsteps of GlassFish et al., the native
installers: from now on, STS and the GHz will only be available as
64bit and 32bit zip files. This will be the case for newly dropped
3.6, as well as any future releases.

Also new within the Spring Tooling is a wizard
for new Spring starter projects, with several new options thrown
in. The Wizard New Spring Starter Project, which has been bundled
in since version 3.4 of the Spring Tool Suite, allows for the
opening of Spring boat directly from the IDE. Other highlights
include a bit of general bug swotting, including fixes for endless
build loops and memory leaks, as well as minor improvements to the
Gradle tooling.

The Spring team will be operating on a revised
release schedule for future releases, shipping minor updates more
frequently. To this end, 3.6.1 is scheduled to ship on time for
SpringOne2GX 2014 in early September, followed by 3.6.2 in October
shortly after the Eclipse Luna SR1 release.

You can download Spring and Groovy/Grails’
respective distributions at:
and Groovy/Grails Tool Suite:

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