Groovy 1.7-RC1 Released / Groovy 1.7 Before Christmas
Groovy 1.7 RC1 has just been released and the final Groovy 1.7 is to be released by Christmas. By far my favourite new feature is the ability to add annotations on import statements. This allows you to put your @Grape() calls at the import statement that actually loads the packages grabbed which is where it should be IMHO.
While I'm still wrestling with the correct model for packaging 'grapes' in a production environment, as a veteran Perl coder I think grape will take Groovy to another level; It finally makes the Java ecosystem accessible and leveraging other's work easy. Now we just need a repository and IDE's that are grape aware :)