For nearly 20 years, Object Partners has been providing high quality software services. Roughly 7 years ago, we saw the potential that Grails and Groovy could offer our clients. So we invested. Heavily. We have developed hundreds of Groovy and Grails based projects for our clients all over the world. We have financially supported user groups and conferences, developed training courses, and have been very involved in the overall Groovy & Grails ecosystem and community. We have placed these technologies in the forefront when it came to our clients and our business.
So, you can say Pivotal’s announcement on Monday was a bit of a surprise to us. But, we’re not one bit concerned nor should you be. The technology landscape is a constantly shifting environment with new tools and frameworks coming and going. We have been a part of this shift as we have leveraged technologies such as iOS and Android, Spring Boot and Ratpack, Play and Scala, AngularJS, big data, and cloud computing to successfully deliver projects for our clients. Grails and Groovy will continue to be part of our toolkit and part of our client solutions in the future.
Immediately after this announcement, we started getting questions like, “Do we need a migration plan away from Groovy/Grails?”. The answer to that is an immediate and resounding “No”.
Both Graeme and Guillaume, as project leads for Grails and Groovy, have written about this development and how it will impact the teams. We’d like to emphasize, as they did, that both projects existed well before the SpringSource acquisition which eventually led to Pivotal’s sponsorship. Object Partners shares their opinion that not only will Groovy and Grails continue to exist after Pivotal’s sponsorship ends, but it will continue to thrive.
The community is not going to abandon these tools; neither should you.
We’d like to thank SpringSource, VMWare, and Pivotal for their stewardship of these projects over the last few years. Their financial support has allowed us and many others to enjoy these wonderful tools. Now it’s time to move on. Someone else needs to pick up the mantle. While we don’t have anything specific to share today, Object Partners, like many other companies and foundations, is looking into what we can do to support the Groovy and Grails teams going forward.