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Groovy in Action, Second Edition by Dierk König and Paul King with Guillaume Laforge, Hamlet D'Arcy, Cédric Champeau, Erik Pragt, and Jon Skeet

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Chapter 12. Working with the GDK

This chapter covers

  • How Groovy extends the JVM
  • GDK extensions
  • Working with objects

Einstein argued that there must be simplified explanations of nature, because God is not capricious or arbitrary. No such faith comforts the software engineer.

Fred Brooks

Learning a new programming language is a twofold task: learning the syntax and learning the standard library. Learning the syntax is a matter of days and getting proficient with new language idioms may require a few weeks, but working through a new library can easily take several months.

Luckily, no Java programmer needs to go through this time-consuming activity when learning Groovy. They already know most of the Groovy Standard Library, because that’s ...

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