You should look for Groovy support for IDE or editor of choice if u want to code in Groovy. Some editors only support syntax highlighting for Groovy. This can make Groovy code more convenient.
IntelliJ IDEA plug-in
Groovy community is developing an open-source plug-in called GroovyJ. A Groovy programmer can get the following benefits with the help of this plug-in:
- Simple Syntax: GroovyJ currently uses Java 5’s syntax highlighter, which covers a large proportion of the Groovy syntax.
- Code Completion: o date, code completion is limited to word completion, leveraging IDEA’s word completion based on an on-the-fly dictionary for the current editor only.
- It can compile, run, build, and make configuration as well as output views.
- It is efficient for Java classes in project.
- It is efficient to handle files and groovy files as well
Groovy is dependent on on its implementation of IDEA’s Program Structure Interface (PSI) .
The Groovy plug-in for Eclipse requires Eclipse 3.1.1 or newer. The plug-in will also run in Eclipse. The Groovy Eclipse plug-in has the following features:
- Syntax highlighting for Groovy files
- Running Groovy scripts from within the IDE
- Auto-build of Groovy files
- Debugger integration