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From Thierry Hanser <>
Subject Failing to change the value of a Java variable from wihtin a Groovy script (potential issue?)
Date Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:31:39 GMT

The following very simple code is behaving really strangely.
Could anyone please tell me if this is an issue in Groovy or something I am not doing properly
(I would like to vote for the latter, yet...).

In Java

System.out.println("init x: " + x);

In Groovy

println '1 = ' + x
x = 'two'
println '2 = ' + x


init x: one  <- initial value assignement OK

1 = one      <- successfully accessing 'x' from within the compiled script OK
                the Groovy script has picked up the value of the Java variable;
                the implicit getX() has been called

2 = one                <- should be 'two' as per Groovy code (second line)
                but is unchanged ???

It seems that the Groovy script can't change the value of 'x' (can't access setX()). However
there is no compilation error ('x' is not read-only)
When implementing getX/setX methods, only the getter is called (in both print statements,
line 1,3) but during the assignment instruction (line 2), the setter is silently ignored (the
value of 'x' remains 'one' instead of 'two'.

The Java/Groovy binding is operational since the 'one' value of 'x' in the Java  base class
is successfully retrieved. So could anyone please tell me where the issue is?
The confusing part is that even within in the Groovy context alone, the assignment 'x='two'
is not honoured (and yet there are no compilation/runtime error)

Note that I tried all combinations of setters/getters/visibility and can at the best read
but never modify the variable 'x'. The same behaviour occurs with using the GroovyScriptEngine
or GroovyClassLoader

Thank you very much in advance for your help.


PS: (I am not sure if my previous message went through as I was still in the mailing list
registration process, apologies if it is a duplicate)

Full code:

import org.codehaus.groovy.control.CompilerConfiguration;
import org.codehaus.groovy.control.customizers.ASTTransformationCustomizer;

import groovy.lang.Binding;
import groovy.lang.Closure
import groovy.lang.GroovyClassLoader;
import groovy.lang.GroovyShell;
import groovy.transform.CompileStatic;;

abstract class GroovyDemoScript extends Script
    public String x;

    public GroovyDemoScript()
           System.out.println("init x: " + x);

    public static void main(String...args) throws Throwable
           // Compilation configuration
           CompilerConfiguration configuration = new CompilerConfiguration();
           configuration.addCompilationCustomizers(new ASTTransformationCustomizer(CompileStatic.class));

                                // make sure we use the Java base class where 'x' is defined

           GroovyShell shell = new GroovyShell(this.getClass().getClassLoader(), new Binding(),

           // source code
           String scriptSource= "println '1 = ' + x; x = 'two'; println '2 = ' + x\n";

           // compile the source code and run the compiled script
           GroovyDemoScript compiledScript = shell.parse(scriptSource);

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