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Groovy? Are you serious?

Posted by joconner on April 27, 2004 at 12:02 AM PDT

You've seen the titles in the bookstore: Rock Gardening for Dummies, Needlepoint for Dummies, etc. If ever I'm tempted to pick one of them up, I quickly put it back on the shelf...and of course I could never let myself actually buy one regardless of the quality. OK, I know that I shouldn't judge a book by its cover (or title), but I just can't get past the name. Something about dummies just offends me, or maybe targets me just a bit too accurately on some subjects. Whatever the reason, I'm affected by the name, and yes, I'm a little ashamed to admit it. I wonder how many others are affected in the same way.

Now for another secret...deep breath...I'm affected similarly by Groovy. You know...it's the latest Java-like scripting language that targets the Java platform. Yes, I think the platform could use a quick, easy scripting language. I've no problem with that idea. I don't even have an issue with Groovy, the actual tool/language/environment. But couldn't it have a different name? Groovy? I wonder how many people have just overlooked it so far because of its silly name? Is it irresponsible to overlook it for that reason? Yes, most definitely. But will some of you? Come on, be honest. Doesn't the name put you off just a little? Can serious professionals use something that sounds so silly?

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