Groovy Fast

I sometimes find myself trying out small, standalone Java snippets, much as I do in other languages. But unlike other languages, Java doesn’t provide a built-in REPL for this. Sure, I can wrap the snippets in JUnits or small main programs, or use Eclipse scrapbook pages, but that’s the slow way to experiment. I want something lightweight and fast for this decidedly heavyweight and slow language.

In the past, I’ve used different Java shells and sites┬áto fill this gap, but since I’m working in Groovy more lately, my new favorite is the Groovy Console. And when I need snippets integrated with my code and environment, the Groovy-Eclipse plugin provides that.

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