Rough cut of Gradle Recipes for Android now available

My latest book, Gradle Recipes for Android, is now available as a “Rough Cut” at O’Reilly. You can get it at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920032656.do. Rough cuts are preliminary versions of O’Reilly books, which are released while a book is still in progress, without special effort taken for formatting or anything else. In this case, however, the rough… Read More

My father, at the end

Back May of 2010, my mother called to let me know that my father was going into the hospital for minor surgery. There was nothing to worry about, and no reason for me to drive all the way there just to see him, especially since he was only going to be in the hospital for… Read More

Concurrent Kitties Using GPars

On today’s Groovy Podcast, I mentioned that I was teaching a Groovy training class this week at Research Now in Plano, TX. That’s not how I said it, though. I said that I was broadcasting live in front of a studio audience and that they were the most amazingly awesome group I’ve ever encountered. (Yeah,… Read More

Groovy posts in other places

Recently I’ve been writing about Groovy and Grails for my friends at Accelebrate. I do that because: They’re a great client They support what I do They pay me CASH MONEY The only problem is, whenever I post there, I don’t post here. I thought, therefore, that I’d add some links here to let everyone… Read More

Now Co-Hosting the Groovy Podcast…

When I first starting learning Groovy in a serious way, one tool I enjoyed was listening to the Grails Podcast. Glen Smith and Sven Haiges led a discussion about Grails-related issues on a regular basis. Of course, since they talked about new developments in Grails, they also had to cover new developments in Groovy, so… Read More

Groovy/Grails – Pivotal == Opportunity

The news broke this morning that Pivotal plans to withdraw its financial support from the Groovy and Grails projects by the end of March, 2015. The heads of both projects, Guillaume Laforge and Graeme Rocher, have each blogged about it, with their typical grace, thanking Pivotal for the opportunity and assuring everybody that both projects… Read More

Spaceships, Elvis, and Groovy inject

When I first started learning Groovy, I took to collect pretty quickly. The current trend of adopting “functional programming” practices works well in Groovy, though the names of the methods are somewhat surprising. For example, collect is like map, findAll is the equivalent of filter, and inject is the proposed replacement for reduce (or whatever… Read More

The Reason The Internet Was Invented, or, Cat Pictures FTW

I’ll report about the SpringOne2GX conference soon, but I’m fighting a cold at the moment and the medication has put me in a rather bleary state. Thus, the following bit of random Groovy whimsy… In this post, I’ll use Groovy to access a publicly available RESTful web service, parse the downloaded data, and build a… Read More