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08 April 2009, 17:33

Groovy 1.5.8 and 1.6.1 released

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The Groovy development team have announced the release of Groovy 1.5.8 and Groovy 1.6.1. Groovy is an open source dynamic scripting language for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The 1.5.8 Groovy release contains numerous bug fixes and is the last version of the Groovy 1.5.x branch that will be released. The developers are advising 1.5.x users to transition their projects to version 1.6.1 and to advise the them of any problems.

Groovy 1.6.1 is the latest stable release of Groovy. The release includes minor enhancements and a number of bug fixes. One of the new features is the addition of groovier regular expressions, based on a patch, submitted by Ted Naleid. It adds a variety of find and findAll methods to the Groovy string object which make using regular expressions with strings easier.

With the recent announcement that Google's App Engine now supports Java, developers can write Groovy applications on the Google App Engine as the 1.6.1 release. SpringSource have been working with Google over the past few weeks to make sure Groovy would run on the new platform, and Groovy 1.6.1 includes "key patches" to ensure that Groovy applications will work correctly. A tutorial is available on how to write and deploy Groovy applications on App Engine.

More details about the releases can be found in the 1.5.8 and 1.6.1 release notes and in the Groovy change log. Both versions of Groovy are available to download.

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