Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934356098
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly invited speaker at several international conferences. He's (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

I Beginning Groovy 15

2 Getting Started 17

3 Groovy for the Java Eyes 25

4 Dynamic Typing 63

5 Using Closures 81

6 Working with Strings 101

7 Working with Collections 115

II Using Groovy 131

8 Exploring the GDK 133

9 Working with XML 147

10 Working with Databases 157

11 Working with Scripts and Classes 165

III MOPping Groovy 177

12 Exploring Meta-Object Protocol (MOP) 179

13 Intercepting Methods Using MOP 189

14 MOP Method Injection and Synthesis 197

15 MOPping Up 219

16 Unit Testing and Mocking 229

17 Groovy Builders 255

18 Creating DSLs in Groovy 273

A Web Resources 287

B Bibliography 293

Index 295

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