Perhaps James Strachan said it best on August 29, 2003, when he introduced the world to a little open source project he had been work- ing on. In a blog entry4 titled �Groovy: The Birth of a New Dynamic Language for the Java Platform,� he said this:
�I�ve wanted to use a cool dynamically typed scripting language specif- ically for the Java platform for a little while. There�s plenty to choose from, but none of them quite feels right�especially from the perspec- tive of a die-hard Java programmer. Python and Ruby are both pretty cool�though they are platforms in their own right. I�d rather a dynamic language that builds right on top of all the groovy Java code out there and the JVM.
There's a bit more in the quote but I didn't want to put the entire thing here.
Actually Neal's name is "ebXl" which stands for "enterprise business eXecution language", but I don't really think that the name is going to be a problem in the long run; after all we currently have people from the trenches of corporate IT to the ivory towers of academia developing "Java Beans".
Originally posted by Geoff The: If Neal Ford had his way, it would be called exBl. ;-)