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As I have seen many questions asking tips for golfing in their interested language, I decided to ask for my favorite language: Groovy. People can give some tips and tricks that will be used in golfing with Groovy.

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Well this isn't very popular, is it :-( –  Alison Nov 29 '11 at 20:01
@Alison : I feel Bad, as there is no Golf tip for Groovy in this site :( –  Ant's Nov 30 '11 at 5:25
Do you have any tips to start us off? –  Alison Nov 30 '11 at 11:50

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I'm new to this whole golfing thing, this is what I got so far:

Use Closures not functions:

def a(b){print b}

is longer than

a={print it}

You can use a negative index in arrays and lists as an alias for size()-

c = "abc"
d = ["a", "b", "c"]

assert c[c.size()-1] == c[-1]
assert c[c.size()-2] == c[-2]
assert d[d.size()-1] == d[-1]
assert d.last() == d[-1]

The spread operator is a shortcut for collect:

assert d*.size() == d.collect{it.size()}

For sorting use the spaceship operator:

e = [54,5,12]
assert e.sort{a,b->a<=>b}==e.sort{a,b->a<b?-1:+1}
assert e.sort{a,b->a<=>b}==e.sort{a,b->if (a>b) {return(-1)} else {return(+1)}}

Edit Conversions:

assert "123" as int == "123".toInteger()
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if on something listish the *.X spread operator can often be written as .X –  cfrick Jul 7 '14 at 20:50

As Groovy is a somewhat verbose language, you could use Groovys MOP to shorten method calls.

The following snippet for example would pay off after the fourth usage:


Tip golfing edit:


Or, you know:

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grep is short and works on several problems

get the chars of a string as a list with spaces and without leading elements: 'ABC XYZ'.grep() returns [A, B, C, , X, Y, Z]

grep with regexp is shorther than converting to upper case, if required: it.grep(~/(?i)$c/) instead of it.toUpperCase().grep(c)

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