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What is Groovy? A dynamic language for the Java platform. Groovy builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk. It makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve.

What is Markdown? Text-to-HTML conversion tool/syntax for web writers, by John Gruber. Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

Groovy and Markdown belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

"Java platform" is the top reason why over 38 developers like Groovy, while over 345 developers mention "Easy formatting" as the leading cause for choosing Markdown.

Groovy is an open source tool with 1.49K GitHub stars and 414 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Groovy's open source repository on GitHub.

Asana, Code School, and GoSquared are some of the popular companies that use Markdown, whereas Groovy is used by Starbucks, Cask, and PedidosYa. Markdown has a broader approval, being mentioned in 756 company stacks & 718 developers stacks; compared to Groovy, which is listed in 79 company stacks and 73 developer stacks.

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Pros of Groovy
Pros of Markdown
  • 42
    Java platform
  • 32
    Much more productive than java
  • 28
    Concise and readable
  • 27
    Very little code needed for complex tasks
  • 21
    Dynamic language
  • 12
    Nice dynamic syntax for the jvm
  • 9
    Very fast
  • 6
    Easy to setup
  • 6
    Can work with JSON as an object
  • 5
    Literal Collections
  • 5
    Supports closures (lambdas)
  • 2
    Syntactic sugar
  • 2
    Interoperable with Java
  • 2
    Optional static typing
  • 2
    Developer Friendly
  • 345
    Easy formatting
  • 245
    Widely adopted
  • 194
  • 136
    Github integration
  • 40
    Great for note taking
  • 2
    Defacto GitHub lingo

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Cons of Groovy
Cons of Markdown
  • 3
    Groovy Code can be slower than Java Code
  • 1
    Objects cause stateful/heap mess
  • 1
    Inconsistend flavours eg github, reddit, mmd etc
  • 1
    Limited syntax
  • 1
    Not suitable for longer documents
  • 1
  • 1
    No right indentation
  • 1
    No underline
  • 1
    Cannot centralise (HTML code needed)
  • 1
    Unable to indent tables

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What is Groovy?

It is a powerful multi-faceted programming language for the JVM platform. It supports a spectrum of programming styles incorporating features from dynamic languages such as optional and duck typing, but also static compilation and static type checking at levels similar to or greater than Java through its extensible static type checker. It aims to greatly increase developer productivity with many powerful features but also a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax.

What is Markdown?

Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

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