Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Groovy Buzz at JavaOne

As suspected the G3 buzz at JavaOne is much higher than indicated by the technical session list.  You hear it in the hallway conversations; you hear it in the attendees questions at other sessions; and you heard it loud and clear at the Scripting Bowl (aka, the Alternative JVM Languages Bowl).  The contenders were Jython, Groovy, Clojure, Scala and JRuby.  The clear winner was Groovy!  Dick Wall, of Java Posse fame, came in second with Scala but based on audience feedback Groovy was the one!  

Guillaume Laforge was the Groovy representative and he showed off some cool demos with help from the grooviest guys in desktop development, Danno Ferrin, James Williams and Andres Almiray.  It was a great community effort and a great opportunity to show folks how powerful, easy to use and just plain fun Groovy is.

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