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Groovy in Action by Jon Skeet, Guillaume Laforge, Paul King, Andrew Glover, Dierk Koenig

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Chapter 1. Your way to Groovy

 

One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.

 
 --Alfred North Whitehead

Welcome to the world of Groovy.

You’ve heard of Groovy on blogs and mailing lists. Maybe you’ve seen a snippet here and there. Perhaps a colleague has pointed out a page of your code and claimed the same work could be done in just a few lines of Groovy. Maybe you only picked up this book because the name is catchy. Why should you learn Groovy? What payback can you expect?

Groovy will give you some quick wins, whether it’s by making your Java code simpler to write, by automating recurring tasks, or by supporting ad-hoc scripting for your daily work as a programmer. It will give you longer-term wins by making ...

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