Groovy for Domain-specific Languages - Second Edition

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Learn
  • Familiarize yourself with Groovy scripting and work with Groovy closures
  • Use the meta-programming features in Groovy to build mini languages
  • Employ Groovy mark-up and builders to simplify application development
  • Familiarize yourself with Groovy mark-up and build your own Groovy builders
  • Build effective DSLs with operator overloading, command chains, builders, and a host of other Groovy language features
  • Integrate Groovy with your Java and JVM based applications
About

The times when developing on the JVM meant you were a Java programmer have long passed. The JVM is now firmly established as a polyglot development environment with many projects opting for alternative development languages to Java such as Groovy, Scala, Clojure, and JRuby. In this pantheon of development languages, Groovy stands out for its excellent DSL enabling features which allows it to be manipulated to produce mini languages that are tailored to a project’s needs.

A comprehensive tutorial on designing and developing mini Groovy based Domain Specific Languages, this book will guide you through the development of several mini DSLs that will help you gain all the skills needed to develop your own Groovy based DSLs with confidence and ease.

Starting with the bare basics, this book will focus on how Groovy can be used to construct domain specific mini languages, and will go through the more complex meta-programming features of Groovy, including using the Abstract Syntax Tree (AST). Practical examples are used throughout this book to de-mystify these seemingly complex language features and to show how they can be used to create simple and elegant DSLs. Packed with examples, including several fully worked DSLs, this book will serve as a springboard for developing your own DSLs.

Features
  • Build domain-specific mini languages in Groovy that integrate seamlessly with your Java apps with this hands-on guide
  • Increase stakeholder participation in the development process with domain-specific scripting in Groovy
  • Get up to speed with the newest features in Groovy using this second edition and integrate Groovy-based DSLs into your existing Java applications.
Page Count 386
Course Length 11 hours 34 minutes
ISBN 9781849695404
Date Of Publication 27 Sep 2015

Authors

Fergal Dearle

Fergal Dearle is a seasoned software development professional with almost 30 years' experience in software product development across a wide variety of technologies. He is currently the principal consultant with his own software development consulting company, Dearle Technologies Ltd., engaged in design, development, and architecture of new software products for client companies. Recent projects have included the integration of the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk) into Apple's new Apple News application for iOS 9 and the reengineering of the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace for the United Kingdom Cabinet Office (https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk).

He is a committed mentor in his local CoderDojo in Wexford Town where he teaches Groovy to the young coding ninjas. He has been recently nominated as a CoderDojo Hero for his work.

In the past, Fergal has worked in lead architect and developer roles for Candle Corporation on the OMEGAMON product, which is now part of IBM's Tivoli product suite, and as the development manager for Unix implementations of Lotus 1-2-3. In the early 1990s, Fergal led the team at Glockenspiel that developed CommonView, the first object-oriented UI framework for Microsoft Windows. The team was awarded one of the first ever Jolt Productivity Awards by Dr. Dobbs Journal.