It's also got the strong real-world presence I'm looking for in a language. The Grails element has made Groovy a popular web-development language. This is great for the students in my class who will want to expand on what we do in class.
What I've done so far isn't enough to teach with it, not by a long shot. But it's pretty darn promising. I haven't seen a book on Groovy for non-programmers, yet, so no textbook. So I'd have to develop a lot of my own lesson materials between now and January if I'm going to start teaching it this year.
LiveCDs with Groovy Included?
I doubt I'm going to find a LiveCD that includes Groovy. Though it's looking like I'm not going to find one that meets my needs as-is anyway. So I'm going to have to look into:
- Finding a LiveCD distro that works on all the school's lab computers and is likely to work on most student's home hardware.
- Figuring out how to modify the content of the LiveCD distro to add the elements I want.