Groovy is unusual among programming languages in that it doesn’t seek to replace its predecessor. You can freely mix Groovy with Java on a class-by-class, or even line-by-line, basis. If you are working with Java, there’s no reason not to make your life easier by adding Groovy where it helps the most.
Groovy helps Java in many ways, especially when processing XML or JSON data, replacing anonymous inner classes, adding tons of library methods that Java has needed all along, vastly simplified file and database manipulation, and much more. This talk will demonstrate how you can add Groovy to Java applications and simplify your development job immediately.
Ken Kousen is a technical trainer, software developer, and conference speaker specializing in Java and open source topics, including Android, Spring, Hibernate/JPA, Groovy, Grails, and Gradle. He is the author of the O’Reilly book “Gradle Recipes for Android” and the Manning book “Making Java Groovy”. He also has recorded several video courses for O’Reilly, including two on Android, three on Groovy, two on Gradle, and one on the Spring Framework.
In 2013 was awarded a JavaOne Rockstar award. His academic background include BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from M.I.T., an MA and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I. He is currently President of Kousen IT, Inc., based in Connecticut.