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SpringSource Moves to Integrate Grails, Spring, Groovy with G2One Acquisition


Continuing the trend to put various open source middleware projects into an integrated more manageable infrastructure (e.g.JBoss into Red Hat, Covalent into Spring, Iona's open source projects with Progress), SpringSource made another acquisition on November 11. G2One brings Groovy and Grails into a company that had already acquired the Covalent web/application server provider.

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With the acquisition of G2One, SpringSource will now offer global enterprise support offerings for developers and IT operations that utilize Groovy and Grails applications. The Spring Framework, Groovy and Grails are three of the most popular application infrastructures according to the company, which also claims Groovy is one of the most popular alternative languages for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

“Spring has proven to be a valuable part of the Java community, indeed, its helped evolve enterprise Java. Now, Java is becoming more than a language, but a platform for running more than just the Java language in the traditional enterprise context,” said Michael Cote, analyst at Redmonk. "Languages like Groovy and new frameworks like Grails have been part of this change in Java's nature, so it makes sense for a company like SpringSource to acquire G2One and keep pushing, along with others, Java to the next level."

G2One was founded by the Groovy and Grails lead developers, Guillaume Laforge, Graeme Rocher and Alex Tkachman in 2007. Groovy is an open source, dynamic language for the JVM that offers a flexible Java-like syntax all Java developers can learn quickly according to Springsource. Grails is an open source, web application framework based on Groovy, and built on Spring.

“Like Spring, Groovy and Grails have become a powerful cornerstone of today’s application infrastructure, driven by mass developer adoption worldwide,” said Rod Johnson, CEO of SpringSource. “The combined forces of Spring and G2One not only accelerate innovation, but also deliver SpringSource’s 24x7 global support network to the growing number of enterprises adopting Groovy and Grails at the heart of their applications.”

Groovy provides features that are common in other dynamic languages such as Ruby, Python and Smalltalk. It enables enterprises to leverage and protect their investments in developer skills, tooling and server software while enabling the rapid creation of innovative software. SpringSource will utilize its proven experience working with popular open source projects, like Apache Tomcat, to ensure the continued development of the Groovy language.

Grails helps simplify development and enable IT teams to establish fast development cycles through agile methodologies. Through extensive use of Domain Specific Languages, Grails simplifies development by providing an abstraction layer over enterprise Java technology, while still providing the flexibility of the underlying Spring technologies.

“SpringSource and G2One are a terrific fit. Spring, Groovy and Grails have long shared a common mission of transforming enterprise Java, making it simpler, more practical and more powerful for developers,” said Graeme Rocher, CTO and co-founder of G2One. “Ruby on Rails showed how frameworks based on simple principles can dramatically improve developer productivity, creativity and lower maintenance costs. Grails has significantly improved upon those principles and brought the productivity of Rails to the de-facto enterprise Java stack, which is based on Spring.”

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