❯ Guillaume Laforge

Gaelyk 1.1 released

Gaelyk 1.1 has just been released!
Gaelyk is a lightweight toolkit for writing and deploying Groovy apps on Google App Engine.
In this version, all the components have been updated to their latest versions:

This blog is now running Gaelyk 1.1 pretty happily!
You should be able to see the announcement on the Gaelyk Google group for the details, but here’s the list of changes:

  • Upgraded to Groovy 1.8.4 and App Engine SDK 1.6.0

  • The new get() methods on the datastore service now also work with the asynchronous datastore.

  • Added an unindexed property on entities to set unindexed properties: person.unindexed.bio = "..."

  • Three annotations to customize the bean / entity coercion (@Key, @Unindexed and @Ignore)

  • Part of the work with the async datastore get(), whenever you have a Future to deal with, for example when the async datastore returns a Future , you can call any property on the Future object, and it will proxy those property access to the underlying object returned by the get() call on the future.

  • In addition to datastore.query{} and datastore.execute{}, there is now a datastore.iterate{} method that returns an Iterator instead of a list, which is friendlier when your queries return a large number of results.

  • Added the prospective search service to the binding

  • You can access the asynchronous Memcache service with memcache.async

  • Additional convenience methods for the file service

  • Added an each and collect method on blobstore to iterate over all the blobs from the blobstore, or to collect some values from all blob infos stored.

I’ll just highlight one of the nice little additions mentioned above, which is the refinement of the POGO / Entity coercion mechanism. You can now use three annotations to further customize that conversion: @Key, @Unindexed and @Ignore, to respectively specify the key property, properties that should not be indexed by the datastore, and properties that should be ignored and not saved in the datastore.
Here’s what a class annotated with those annotations could look like:

class Person {  
    @Key String login  
    String firstName  
    String lastName  
    @Unindexed String bio  
    @Ignore String getFullName() { "$firstName $lastName" }   

And then you can use the as operator to convert between beans and entities.
If you’ve read thus far, it’s time to go download Gaelyk and have fun!