Groovy as a business user language?
Free OpenOffice extension Groovy makes it possible to record and run Macros in OpenOffice. Don't confuse Groovy for a cheap Visual Basic knockoff. Groovy has its own syntax similar to bash mixed with Java. If you were sticking to Microsoft Office solely for its macro capabilities, you may be able to break away with Groovy. Unfortunately, Groovy is not nearly as beginner friendly as VB/VBA. However, beginners will have no problem getting started with simple macros. Groovy is a free extension for all platforms with OpenOffice.For Architects there are a couple of things that are really interesting about this post:
- The source of this post. Lifehacker is a personal productivity news site, not a java developer oriented news site. It’s a geek friendly productivity site to be sure, but the readers of this site are likely to be the power users in the business units of your organization, not just the developers in your IT shop.
- There is no mention of Groovy as a broadly applied, general purpose programming language. No mention of Grails or Groovy’s use in a Java application infrastructure. In fact, after reading the post there is no reason to believe that Groovy is anything more than a scripting language extension created for OpenOffice. By neglecting to introduce Groovy in a broader context the author of the post might just be trying to keep things simple for the reader, but regardless we are seeing Groovy extending its relavence here. To this audience, Groovy is not a dynamic language for Java developers - it is a scripting tool for power users.
Groovy's performance is more than adequate for scripting applications, and I imagine memory would be a non-issue for anyone with more than 512MB of RAM.
I'd be interested to hear first impressions of anyone who's actually tried it.
Also Groovy uses power of JVM HotSpot throught compilation to bytecode.
Boris Lublinsky Nov 20, 2014