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· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · February
· · · · 06 (1 entry)

Groovy Flickr Escape Hatch · In the mail from Man­ning this week, Groovy in Ac­tion, nice­ly timed to fol­low up on the 1.0 re­lease. I still haven’t made up my mind about Groovy, so I’m watch­ing the com­mu­ni­ty with in­ter­est. For ex­am­ple, Alex Brown’s Bulk Pro­gram­mat­ic Con­ver­sion of Pho­tos from flickr to SmugMug. There are a bunch of in­ter­est­ing is­sues all mixed up here: Yahoo’s iden­ti­ty ploy, wildly-contrasting Web pro­gram­ming in­ter­faces, choos­ing from the lengthy list of Ja­va XML-processing al­ter­na­tives; and of course, watch­ing Groovy at work. I have to say the source code is re­al easy to read; odd­ly, what it makes me wish for is regex lit­er­als in Java. Hm­m, it’s not ob­vi­ous to the ca­su­al eye when you de­clare vari­ables and when you don’t; I’m sym­pa­thet­ic to the optional-declaration idea though. I guess I’ll have to have a look at the book; it was crack­ing the Pick­axe book’s cov­ers that dropped me on­to the slip­pery Ru­by slope.
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