Apache Software Foundation (ASF) project contributors have released version 3.0.0 of Apache Groovy, the dynamic language for the Java platform, saying download numbers topped an impressive 100 million in 2018 for the first time.
The latest release on January 1 will be the last “alpha” release of Groovy 3.0.0 the Apache Groovy team said, saying it includes 138 bug fixes/improvements, helped by the contributions of 30 new participants to the long-running project.
The rise in the open source project’s popularity (first created by James Strachan – now at CloudBees working on Jenkins X – in 2004) comes as developers seek tools that can add flexibility to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
Apache Groovy is an object-oriented dynamic programming language for JVM; it is a Java-like syntax, but with the ease of more malleable languages like Python and Ruby. It has spawned a popular array of projects around it like Grails, spanning web frameworks, desktop application framework, concurrency, testing, and more.