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From Scott Hickey <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Groovy 2.6 potential retirement to focus on Groovy 3.0
Date Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:53:13 GMT
I've have always appreciated the willingness of the Groovy team to
recognize that enterprises can't always move quickly to current versions of

At Mutual of Omaha, we do have almost everything running on JDK 8 now. We
are actively trying to get our few remaining Grails 2.x versions upgraded
to a current version of Grails.

I don't think that focusing only on Groovy 3 at this point would adversely
affect our company.

On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 2:06 AM Paul King <> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> There was some discussion at gr8conf about how to speed up delivery of
> Groovy 3.0. Some of that discussion was around the scope of what we want to
> include and have yet to complete in 3.0 but I won't discuss that right now.
> One of the other discussion points was Groovy around 2.6. As many of you
> know, we have released alpha versions of Groovy 2.6. That version is a
> backport of most but not all of Groovy 3.0 to JDK7 including the Parrot
> parser (though it isn't enabled by default). The purpose of this version
> has always been to assist people/projects wanting to use the Parrot parser
> but who might be stuck on JDK7. So in some sense it is an intermediate
> version to assist with porting towards Groovy 3.0. While that is still a
> noble goal in theory, in practice, many of our users are already on JDK8
> and we have limited resources to work on many potential areas.
> With that in mind, we'd like to understand the preferences in our user
> base for the following two options:
> Option 1: please continue releasing the best possible 2.6 even if that
> slows down the final release of Groovy 3.0 and delays further work on
> better support for JDK9+.
> Option 2: please release one more alpha of 2.6 over the next month or so
> which will become the best version to use to assist porting for users stuck
> on JDK7 and then focus on 3.0. The 2.6 branch will essentially be retired
> though we will consider PRs from the community for critical fixes.
> Feedback welcome.
> Cheers, Paul.

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