Review of Groovy 2 Cookbook

Groovy Cookbook is an excellent example based book about Groovy – the young dynamic programming language that can run on the Java Virtual Machine. In the past I have read the also brilliant Groovy in Action, which is by now outdated. Since then my enthusiasm for Groovy has cooled, although it is a great language.

This new book does a good job of explaining about recent Groovy developments such as Grape, Gradle, JSON and NoSQL support. You should not read this book from back to front, since it is a cookbook. Just start with the examples that are interesting to you. The text is littered with references to other relevant recipes, so you can start anywhere you like.

I had a minor issue with the free online chapter. When I clicked on the download link my browser navigated to an upper directory, so I had to type in the rest of the correct URL. Also it seems that there is only a PDF version of this chapter. Which is a shame, since I prefer the ePub format. Other than that there is not much to complain about. Maybe it would have been nice, if there were a bit more “enterprise” type recipes. And some examples about Grails, Griffon or other Groovy frameworks.

By the author of NumPy Beginner's Guide, NumPy Cookbook and Instant Pygame. If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
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