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How to do in Groovy: Lists ( Code Example )

Lists in Groovy

The below simple groovy program shows how to define,add,modify and iterate over the list in Groovy

package com.codedairy.groovy.examples
* @author codedairy
class ListsInGroovyExample {

static main(args) {

//Let's dfine a list to contain 5 numbers
def mylist = [50, 10, 20, 30,60]

//Groovy creates list of type java.util.List. Let's check by using the assert statment
assert mylist instanceof java.util.List

//Assert the value in list at list index
assert mylist.get(4) == 60 //Remember index value starts from 0
assert mylist[1] == 10

//We can print the items from the list
println mylist; // This will output items in the arry [50, 10, 20, 30,60]

def sum = 0
//looking through the arrays: Sum of all numbers in the array
for ( v in mylist)
sum += v

//print the sum value;
println sum;

//Adding the items to the list
mylist << 5

//modifying the value in the list
mylist[2] = 3

//assert the list values
assert mylist == [50, 10, 3, 30, 60, 5]

Groovy language guidelines for Java Developers

The simple guidlines for java developers who are starting to learn Groovy programming language.


In Groovy, the semicolons after every statement line of code is optional.

If you’re copying over your java code into a Groovy program, then you may want to remove them to make it consistant and code to look nicer.

println "Hey CodeDairy, I'm on Groovy. No more semicolons on this line"

return value:

return keywords in a method to return a value is optional in groovy and it’s good in the smaller lines of code in a method like below.

Example :

//when the lines of code is small

def discountCode(amt){
if ( amt > 500 ) {
}else {

data types: def or types OR def and type?:

Either you use def or actual data type. Using the both the keywords are redundant. As we all know, in Groovy the type def is actually an Object. We can assign any value to it.

For example

def Integer purchaseAmt = 5876 // The data type is not required.

Parentheses is optional:

You may have already seen the Hello world println statements like below >

//Groovy, printing hello world

println "Hello, World !"

one more example

//Groovy, output values of var1, var2
println var1, var2

No Getters and Setters required:

In Groovy, the getters and setters methods need not be generated like we do in java becuase the Groovy compiler bydefault does it for us.

Let’s see how this is done in Java and Groovy


class Book {
private String name;

public String getName() {
return name;

public void setName(String name) {
this.name = name;


//No getters and setters required

class Book {
String name;

Tripple codes for Multiline strings:

You could use the “”” ( Three double quotes) for the multilines for example

print """This is a Groovy Multiline Strings
That is nice """

instead doing like below in java

println("This is a Groovy Multiline strings "+
"Tests" +
"That is nice");

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