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This week, we're delighted to have Ken Kousen helping to answer questions about the new software Making Java Groovy. See the table of contents or a sample chapter online

The promotion starts Tuesday, September 17th 2013 and will end on Friday, September 20th 2013.

We'll be selecting four random posters in this forum to win a free copy provided by the publisher, Manning.

Please see the Book Promotion page to ensure your best chances at winning!

Posts in this welcome thread are not eligible for the drawing, and should be reserved for welcoming the author. Questions posted in this topic are subject to removal.
 
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Hi Ken! It's always nice when our guest author beats the promo to saying hi
 
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Hi all! I'm really glad to be here. I joined JavaRanch way back in 1999 when I was studying for the original SCJP exam. It's so cool to have my book featured here.

As Jeanne says (and Jeanne rocks, btw -- be sure to check out her blog), I'll try to answer as many questions as possible for projects from the Groovy ecosystem (Groovy / Grails / Gradle / Griffon / Gaelyk / Spock) this week., especially if they relate in some way to Making Java Groovy.

My book is really about looking at what Java developers normally do and seeing how Groovy can make their lives easier. If you're interested in how the book came about, I have a recent blog post (http://kousenit.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/at-long-last-making-java-groovy/) that discusses it.

For reference, the source code for the book is in a GitHub repository at https://github.com/kousen/Making-Java-Groovy . Each chapter has its own projects, each of which has a Gradle build file.

Thanks again for hosting me. I look forward to spending the week here.
 
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Huh. I just noticed that my post says I joined in 2002. I distinctly remember being here before that, because I got my (first) SCJP cert in 2000 and I know I used this site to study for it.

Oh well. It's been a while, no matter how you count it.
 
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Welcome back, Kenneth.

Looking forward to a lot of interesting questions and answers on groovy.

Chan.
 
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Welcome Ken!!
 
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Welcome (back) Ken!
 
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Kenneth A. Kousen wrote:As Jeanne says (and Jeanne rocks, btw -- be sure to check out her blog)

And I didn't even pay Ken to say that . Thanks Ken! You even motivated me to blog tonight. (I've been busy and haven't in a few weeks.)
 
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Its really great to see you here Ken sir!
looking forward for the groovy :-)
 
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Ken,
Welcome to the Ranch!

Congratulations on finishing the books and going to print. I'm sure we'll have lots of interesting questions to ask you this week,

Hoping to see you at DevNexus next year,
Burk
 
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Thanks Ken for all your help and I look forward to reading the book!
 
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