The SpringSource community has released Roo 1.0.1, the first update for a new rapid application development tool for Java. This release contains over 40 fixes and minor enhancements since the 1.0.0 release at the end of December. The most significant updates include improved usability around command hiding and better documentation for Eclipse users
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Roo is a text based tool which promises to allow developers to create new applications in minutes. The design goal was to sustainably improve Java developer productivity without compromising engineering integrity or flexibility. If you don’t like it, it is possible to remove Roo from your project in under 10-minutes, although you would have to maintain the code by hand.
The Roo team claims that it offers higher Java productivity than other tools and uses Java APIs and standards. No special runtime is required and there are no CPU, RAM or disk storage penalties incurred by Roo applications. Roo works with Java, the Spring Framework, Hibernate, and Maven.
The Roo team recommends using the SpringSource tool suite which supports the embedded Roo option. Eclipse also works, but does not provide the SpringSource Roo integration. It can also work with text editors. You just have to load Roo at the same time as the IDE or text editor, and Roo automatically detects changes made by the other tool.
Download Spring Roo here: http://www.springsource.org/roo