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May 24, 2011

Groovy Goodness: Canonical Annotation to Create Mutable Class

With Groovy 1.8 we get a lot of AST transformations. We can combine @ToString, @EqualsAndHashCode and @TupleConstructor with the @Canonical annotation. This annotation will do all the transformations at once. If we want to customize one of the AST transformations, we add the annotation with configuration parameters extra after @Canonical.

import groovy.transform.*

class Building {
    String name
    int floors
    boolean officeSpace

// Constructors are added.
def officeSpace = new Building('Initech office', 1, true)

// toString() added.
assert officeSpace.toString() == 'Building(Initech office, 1, true)'

// Default values are used if constructor
// arguments are not assigned.
def theOffice = new Building('Wernham Hogg Paper Company')
assert theOffice.floors == 0
theOffice.officeSpace = true

def anotherOfficeSpace = new Building(name: 'Initech office', floors: 1, officeSpace: true)

// equals() method is added.
assert anotherOfficeSpace == officeSpace

// equals() and hashCode() are added, so duplicate is not in Set.
def offices = [officeSpace, anotherOfficeSpace, theOffice] as Set  
assert offices.size() == 2 
assert',') == 'Initech office,Wernham Hogg Paper Company'

@ToString(excludes='age')  // Customize one of the transformations.
class Person {
    String name
    int age

def mrhaki = new Person('mrhaki', 37)
assert mrhaki.toString() == 'Person(mrhaki)'