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18 January 2010, 13:23

Groovy-Eclipse 2.0 released - A smoother development cycle

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The Groovy-Eclipse developers have delivered version 2.0 of the plugin for developers who want to work with Groovy and Java in the Eclipse IDE. The new version is the culmination of work which began in May 2009 to create a more integrated, incremental compilation process. This has resulted in what the developers call an "almost completely rewritten" plugin.

Improvements in context-aware editor support, thanks to an new extensible, inference engine, mean that Groovy-Eclipse 2.0 can provide better completion suggestions, javadoc pages on hover and support cross-language refactoring. The updated plugin has also been fully integrated with Eclipse's JUnit support to make unit testing of code easier.

Debugging, and the launching, of applications and scripts is now supported, though better debugging support is on the planned list of enhancements for a future version of the plugin. The roadmap for the Groovy-Eclipse plugin has 2.0.1, a maintenance release, due at the end of March and 2.1 pencilled in for mid-September. The developers would like feedback at the roadmap page on which features they should concentrate on for version 2.1.

For developers getting started with Groovy-Eclipse, instructions for installing the Apache 2 licensed plugin are available and an FAQ covers how to update, create and work with mixed Groovy and Java projects.


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