There was much to digest in the presentation. Ceylon has its own module system (focus of a lot of animated discussion during the meeting) and hence its own build system. Although there is support for Ant, path forward with Maven/Gradle wasn’t too clear – Maven support was mentioned but I wasn’t sure whether I could be successful today. The tooling support centers on Eclipse (plug-in) although there is a plugin for IntelliJ. Tooling of course will change over time – the support in Eclipse looks really good. With the help of the IDE it should be much easier to learn Ceylon and improve code written in Ceylon.
The biggest thing needed at this point for Ceylon is an introductory book!
The JUG meeting was well attended and basically everyone stayed until almost 9:30 – long past when the meeting was supposed to end. Pre-registered we had 24 – still not up to 45-50 which we used to see 10 years ago. Meeting have been trending upwards this year (as well as membership).