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

Groovy Flickr Escape Hatch · In the mail from Manning this week, <cite>Groovy in Action</cite>, nicely timed to follow up on the 1.0 release. I still haven’t made up my mind about <a href='http://groovy.codehaus.org/'>Groovy</a>, so I’m watching the community with interest. For example, Alex Brown’s <a href='http://adjb.net/index.php?entry=entry070204-183840'>Bulk Programmatic Conversion of Photos from flickr to SmugMug</a>. 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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