Saturday, May 3, 2008

Groovy 1.6-beta-1: c'est de la bombe :-)

>groovy -v
Groovy Version: 1.5.6 JVM: 1.5.0_13-119
>date; groovy Mandelbrot.groovy ; date
Sat May 3 22:03:53 SGT 2008
Groovy Elapsed 25.721
Groovy Elapsed 24.552
Groovy Elapsed 26.606
Sat May 3 22:05:12 SGT 2008

>/Applications/groovy-1.6-beta-1/bin/groovy -v
Groovy Version: 1.6-beta-1 JVM: 1.5.0_13
>date; /Applications/groovy-1.6-beta-1/bin/groovy Mandelbrot.groovy; date
Sat May 3 22:31:16 SGT 2008
Groovy Elapsed 5.198
Groovy Elapsed 5.174
Groovy Elapsed 5.273
Sat May 3 22:31:32 SGT 2008

x5 !
Congrats to the team !

Friday, May 2, 2008

Groovy and Twitter (Part 1)

Looks like Twitter will be under the spotlight at JavaOne this year. Posts on this topic are popping everywhere. I already talked about the "Script Bowl" session but if you are attending JavaOne you should probably have a look to this post.

But back to Groovy, I propose to write a simple class to interface to Twitter and then build mashup. But first, let's draft some specs. All communication with the server goes through http and sticks to the REST approach. You can find most of what I used here and there. Before going further, you must be familiar with some of the Twitter's terminology:
  • Tweet
    Every person has a status. Updating the status with a new one is the same as sending a tweet. Tweets have to be smaller than 140 characters.
  • Friends
    people you are subscribed to (following)
  • Followers
    people who are subscribed to your tweets
Some other concepts are:
  • Direct message
    a private message sent between two (or more) users.
  • Replies
    you can reply to another users’ tweets using the @username prefix in your own tweets.
In order to start, I would like my class to be able to:
  • authenticate to the server using a given login (and associated password)
  • retrieve the friends of that user
  • update it's status
So let's go ...

1. Authentication. This is fairly easy since Twitter uses Basic Authentication. I propose to set an authenticator using a Groovy syntax ;-)

[getPasswordAuthentication : { return new PasswordAuthentication(name, password as char[]) } ] as Authenticator

2.Retrieve friends. Fairly easy as well, we just need to send a GET request to${}.xml and yes you have to add ?page=$page if you have plenty of them. In this request, user is a Twitter user returned by getUser().
3.Update your status. Last by not least, we need to update our status. This is done by sending a POST request to using a RESTful request.

An example is worth thousands of words:

twitter = new Twitter("", "****")
twitter.postUpdate("Finalizing my Groovy Twitter API")

def u = twitter.getUser("glaforge")
println "Id of Groovy grand master is ${}"

def f = twitter.friends

Obviously this API is still in its infancy, I have been playing with it few hours. You will be able to get it here:

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Still alive ...

Well you could wonder if this blog is still alive ... Alas it has not been very active these last few months but I will try to resurrect it a bit. A lot has happen recently:
  • Apache CXF has graduated,
  • G2One and the Groovy team have released version 1.5.6
  • Gradle has been out
It then time for a new version of GroovyWS !

JavaOne 08 is next week. "Au Menu" will be a "Script Bowl" session. I will try to post some examples on the proposed apps (twitter & the world web app) before the conference starts (as I am sure you will get better solution there ;-))

So see you soon !