SpringOne2GX, Day Minus 3

Yes, that’s a minus sign, because the event in question hasn’t happened yet. This is my first report from the upcoming SpringOne2GX conference, which starts in Dallas, TX next Monday, 9/8/14 (or 8/9/14 for my non-US-based friends). Since there are no talks on the opening day (just an opening keynote and reception), I’m arbitrarily designating… Read More

The Closure Of No Return

Even in a language like Groovy that is normally so clean and intuitive, there are traps for the unwary. I fell into one again today (in front of a room full of students), and I think it’s high time I documented it, at least so I’ll remember it for next time. I’m teaching a Groovy… Read More

Start With A Story

Way back in the early 90s, I decided to revisit a notion I’d toyed with for years, which was to become a science fiction writer. As part of that effort, I subscribed to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, which was (and is) the best short story market available. Back then, Isaac Asimov himself was semi-retired (he… Read More

Groovy Groundhogs, revisited

For those people in the U.S. who are concerned that this morning Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, emerged, reluctantly, but alertly, and stated in groundhog-ese, “I definitely see a shadow”, let me allay your fears using Groovy: [sourcecode language=”groovy”] Calendar cal = Calendar.instance cal.set(year:2014, month:Calendar.FEBRUARY, date:2) def groundhogDay = cal.time cal.set(year:2014,… Read More

Groovy Weather: A New Groovy Example at Java.net

One of the main goals of Making Java Groovy is to show Java developers how much Groovy can make their lives easier. To that end, I just published a blog post (through Manning’s account) over a Java.net entitled, Groovy Weather: POGOs, Gson, and Open Weather. The blog post comes with a coupon code for 45%… Read More

Serving jokes locally with Ratpack and MongoDB

In two previous posts, I discussed applications I created that were simple client-side front ends for the Internet Chuck Norris Database (ICNDB), located at http://icndb.com. This post gives the details of the local server I created, using Groovy, MongoDB, and the cool Ratpack project (note new URL). The earlier posts contained parts of that app,… Read More

Making Java Groovy: A Celebrity (Non-)Endorsement

Several of my book author friends on the No Fluff, Just Stuff tour told me that writing a book would open doors for me. That doesn’t explain, though, why I seem to insist on climbing through windows. I mean, writing Making Java Groovy put me on the NFJS tour, helped me become a speaker at… Read More

Making Java Groovy, the Listicle

[Note: I accidentally published this the first time before it was ready. It’s updated now.] Unlike my previous posts about Making Java Groovy, this post concerns one of my Silly Marketing Ideas (SMI)*. The goal is to break out from the Groovy community and start selling to the larger Java community. Actually, I’m already doing… Read More