SpringSource Acquires G2One

SpringSource announces the acquisition of G2One, the company behind the Groovy and Grails technologies. With the acquisition of G2One, SpringSource will now offer global enterprise support offerings for developers and IT operations that utilize Groovy and Grails applications.

The Spring Framework, Groovy and Grails are three of the most popular application infrastructure solutions in the world. Groovy is one of the most popular alternative languages for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), with more than 30,000 downloads per month. Adoption of Grails has soared, with downloads racing from 7,000 to 70,000 per month in the past year. The financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

G2One was founded by the Groovy and Grails lead developers, Guillaume Laforge, Graeme Rocher and Alex Tkachman in 2007. Groovy is an open source, dynamic language for the JVM that offers a flexible Java-like syntax all Java developers can learn in a matter of hours. Grails is an open source, advanced and innovative web application framework based on Groovy, and built on proven and high-performance open source solutions such as Spring, the most widely used enterprise Java application platform worldwide.

Groovy provides features that are common in other dynamic languages such as Ruby, Python and Smalltalk. It enables enterprises to leverage and protect their investments in developer skills, tooling and server software while enabling the rapid creation of innovative software. SpringSource will utilize its proven experience working with popular open source projects, like Apache Tomcat, to ensure the continued development of the Groovy language.

Grails simplifies development and enables IT teams to establish fast development cycles through agile methodologies. Through extensive use of Domain Specific Languages, Grails simplifies development by providing an abstraction layer over enterprise Java technology, while still providing the full flexibility of the underlying Spring technologies.

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