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SpringSource Embraces Groovy and Grails with Acquisition of G2One

by Scott Delap on Nov 11, 2008 |

SpringSource announced today the acquisition of G2One, the company behind Grails and Groovy. From the press release:

...With the acquisition of G2One, SpringSource will now offer global enterprise support offerings for developers and IT operations that utilize Groovy and Grails applications ... “Like Spring, Groovy has become a powerful cornerstone of today’s application infrastructure, driven by mass developer adoption worldwide,” said Rod Johnson, CEO of SpringSource. “The combined forces of Spring and G2One not only accelerate innovation, but also deliver SpringSource’s 24x7, global support network to the growing number of enterprises adopting Groovy at the heart of their applications.”...

InfoQ sat down with SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson and G2One CTO Graeme Rocher to discuss the acquisition. Johnson began by saying that Grails and Groovy are technologies that SpringSource believes in and therefore it made sense to invest in. SpringSource has noticed a significant growth in dynamic languages with the download numbers for Grails increasing 10x in the last 12 months. In terms of how the deal came together, both indicated that mutual interest had been present for a while and that an acquisition would allow them to work closer than if just a partnership had occurred. Johnson went on to mentioned that he is excited to raise the profile of Grails as well as being able to integrate Groovy/Grails across the SpringSource product line in technologies such as SpringSource dm Server. Rocher noted that he expects Groovy and Grails to be able to take advantage of SpringSource's experience in building Eclipse tooling support. In addition to an interview with InfoQ, Johnson also blogged on the acquisition headlining with "More Weapons for the War on Complexity". In the post he commented on why Groovy instead of JRuby: 

"...There’s plenty of buzz around Ruby on Rails. Grails—of course, benefiting from the experience of Ruby on Rails—offers the same benefits, but without the many serious impediments to use in the enterprise that face RoR. With Grails, you can enjoy rapid application development and programming in a dynamic language without needing to throw away your investment in Java middleware; without the need to make inefficient web services calls to talk to functionality coded in Java; without losing the benefits of sophisticated O/R mapping; without the risk of hitting a wall with scalability or enterprise capabilities; without adopting an unfamiliar programming language for all your coding..."

Finally the company has posted a FAQ on the acquisition. Among the highlights are the fact that Spring and Groovy/Grails will remain Apache licensed.

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What a pity by ron piterman

Soon there will be groovy enterprise edition, for paying customers. And/Or grails enterprise edition, for paying customers.

What a pity :(

Great news for an industry innovator by Thom Nichols

This solidifies Groovy's place as an industry standard. Spring's paradigm shift was one of the driving forces behind the design of JEE 5 and frameworks like Seam (although I'd argue Spring still wins in terms of capability). I expect Groovy will have the same impact.

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by andrew mcveigh

This solidifies Groovy's place as an industry standard

An industry standard for what? For Groovy-like scripting languages?

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by geekycoder geekycoder

Agree with Ron,

Can Graeme clarify what will be the direction and future support for Grails and Groovy ? Spring is about Enterprise, will Grails and Groovy eventually become "too enterprise/springy" that make it harder to learn and use ?

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by Nicolas Martignole

I disagree with Ron

SpringSource just bought the company and will hire 6 people from G2one inc.
Groovy and Grails will keep their Apache 2 License, and I don't see how one could make Groovy hard to learn. The community already offers strong support on Groovy and Grails.

It's a very good news for the Groovy language and Guillaume Laforge, groovy's author.

Please, read also Guillaume Laforge own comment about this :
glaforge.free.fr/weblog/

See also news arround this story (in French) :
Didier Girard's Blog
Le Touilleur Express

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by Rod Johnson

Spring is about Enterprise, will Grails and Groovy eventually become "too enterprise/springy" that make it harder to learn and use?

Grails has always been built on Spring, and demonstrates what a good basis Spring is for such a simplifying solution. I know that Graeme and his team will continue to make Grails even easier to use...

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by Graeme Rocher

@geekcoder

There is a lot of information available about the direction and future in the FAQ at www.springsource.com/g2one

And on my blog at graemerocher.blogspot.com/2008/11/groovy-and-gr...

What I will emphasize is how thrilled I am that the acquisition has become a reality, both Groovy and Grails will get a lot of benefit from being part of the Spring family.

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by geekycoder geekycoder

"Grails and Groovy eventually become "too enterprise/springy""
What I mean is whether the Spring will be more exposed and coupled to Grails's public API.
That's a good news to hear that Grails will retain its ease of use.

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by geekycoder geekycoder

Graeme, thank for the info. Will read it up.

THATS GROOOOOOOVY!!! by Guille Carlos

Congrats! I agree with Tom Nichols, this should solidify Groovy and Grails as an industry standard. It also might make it easier for me to convince our manager that we can use it on our clients who are scared of new technology!

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by Konstantin Ignatyev

An industry standard for what? For Groovy-like scripting languages?


Why such negativity?
Groovy is nice as standard scripting language in JVM.

I will take one thing that works over dozen promising but incomplete and buggy any day

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by andrew mcveigh

An industry standard for what? For Groovy-like scripting languages?


Why such negativity?
Groovy is nice as standard scripting language in JVM.

I will take one thing that works over dozen promising but incomplete and buggy any day

There's no negativity about Groovy, it's a nice system. I just take exception with it being regarded as a the standard JVM scripting language. You might find there are a few other contenders (JRuby, Jython, etc) that will contest that claim.

Andrew

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by Floyd Marinescu

geekycoder, would you please edit your preferences page and put in your real name? We do not support aliases here as we feel it takes away from the culture we are trying to build on InfoQ. We may delete your posts in the future if we don't see any change.

thanks,

Floyd

Re: Great news for an industry innovator by Thom Nichols

An industry standard for what? For Groovy-like scripting languages?


In the same way Spring has become an "unofficial standard." Not in the strictest JSR-sense, but in the way the Spring framework filled the vacuum where there was no standard tool for simple enterprise development.

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