For the last couple of months SpringSource has been actively involved in developing the next version of the Eclipse Groovy Tools. The initial goal has been to evolve them from where they are into a highly optimized environment for the key developer tasks of code development, building and testing. Ideally the experience when working with mixed Groovy/Java projects should feel as good as it does for pure Java projects in Eclipse.
This week the first version of the code has been committed into the codehaus repository and shortly milestone 1 will be released. An update site (for Eclipse 3.4.2) is available that contains the current development build: http://dist.codehaus.org/groovy/distributions/greclipse/snapshot/e3.4 . Yes, currently there is no Eclipse 3.5 build of this code yet, but there will be very soon.
In this article I'll briefly look at how to get started with the new plugin, but then focus on the new technology that underpins it going forward and what this enables.