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Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer (Pragmatic Programmers) [Paperback]

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A guide to the Groovy programming language covers such topics as dynamic typing, closures, strings, GDK, XML, scripts and classes, meta-object protocol, and unit testing and mocking.

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The strength of Java is no longer in the language itself; it's in the Java Platform (the JVM, JDK, and rich frameworks and libraries). But recently, the industry has turned to dynamic languages for increased productivity and speed to market.

Groovy is one of a new breed of dynamic languages that run on the Java platform. You can use these new languages on the JVM and intermix them with your existing Java code. You can leverage your Java investments while benefiting from advanced features including true Closures, Meta Programming, the ability to create internal DSLs, and a higher level of abstraction.

If you're an experienced Java developer, "Programming Groovy" will help you learn the necessary fundamentals of programming in Groovy. You'll see how to use Groovy to do advanced programming including using Meta Programming, Builders, Unit Testing with Mock objects, processing XML, working with Databases and creating your own Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs).

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Item Specifications...

Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 8, 2008
Publisher   Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN  1934356093  
ISBN13  9781934356098  
UPC  852766001490  

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More About Venkat Subramaniam

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Venkat Subramaniam ( is the founder of Agile Developer, Inc. (a software training, mentoring and development firm), and a co-founder of DuraSoft. Working with .NET since its Beta 2 pre-release, he's used the platform extensively on commercial projects for his clients. Venkat offers several courses on developing applications using .NET, and has trained and mentored more than 3,000 software developers in the US and Europe. A frequent speaker at software development conferences, he is also an adjunct professor for the practice of computer science at University of Houston, and teaches at Rice University's School for Continuing Studies. Venkat holds a BS in Computer Engineering, an MS in Electrical Engineering, and PhD in Computer Science. He is recipient of the 2004 UH Computer Science Department Teaching Excellence award.

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With tips on how to effectively mix both Java and Groovy  Jul 11, 2008
Groovy - it's not the philosophy of the 1960s, it's a programming language, and a good one too. "Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer" is a thorough and educational guide to this programming language, which can bring developers many things they need and want to do in their programs. With tips on how to effectively mix both Java and Groovy, and with plenty of advanced programming techniques, "Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer" is a top pick for community library computer collections and for any Java programmer.
Groovy book  Jun 30, 2008
I can't add much more to Neal Ford's great comments but I just want to say that I also am truly enjoying Venkat's book. I have seen him and Neal in several NoFluffJustStuff conferences and this book honors that tradition. He does a great job at introducing language features without any unnecessary stuff.

I started reading his beta copy in PDF from the Pragmatic Bookshelf and being relatively new to Groovy I now feel quite a bit more prepared to tackle problems that are difficult and a bit clunky with Java. I suddenly feel like I have a chance of doing some of that 'cool stuff' that the Python and Ruby dudes are always bragging about.

Thanks Venkat!
Another Great Groovy Reference  May 30, 2008
With 'Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer', Pragmatic has quickly become THE choice for Groovy and Rails resource books on the market. This book is another fine release in the Groovy set of books (Pragmatic has released a few previously) and I can easily recommend this if you program with Java + Groovy.

Very Good Groovy Resource  May 30, 2008
Overall, a very good book on Groovy. Great simple examples to work from. I was very impressed with the chapter on Closures which can be a difficult subject for those coming from primarily a Java background. Wanna learn Groovy? Get this book. [...]
If you have to use Java, make it Groovy  May 20, 2008
Venkat does a fantastic job of explaining what Groovy is, how it evolved, why you would want to use it, and how to integrate it with your Java projects.

He has a fantastic sense of humor, which really shows through in this book. If you ever get the opportunity to see him speak, take it. He's an incredibly intelligent, articulate programmer, and probably the most language-agnostic programmer I've ever met.

One caveat: if you are a Java zealot, this book may send you into little fits. In the first section of the book, he converts standard Java code (groovyc can compile most Java code, so it's actually Groovy code that looks like Java) into Groovy. There are a lot of comments that may make Java zealots throw little fits.

If you're stuck using Java, get this book.

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