GroovyRunner initializes groovy classes only once
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The GroovyRunner is picking up classes and recompiles on the fly.
The drawback of course is that statics in your classes gets reinitialized over and over again.
It might be a usefull option on the groovyrunner to specify if a new classloader should
be used or if an existing classloader : reload = dynamic|static.
During development, the reload option is 'dynamic', while when in production it is 'static'.
There are pro and cons - that's true.
A use case:
If your classes needs to initialize using a number of property files, it would be handy
that this is done only once.
Having the option to reload the scripts (or not) would help.
Hrm, that's interesting. Have you got an example of where the classes getting reinitialised is a bad thing?
The behaviours plugin does similar things with groovy but works differently, it caches compiled classes and reuses them. The downside is that you need to tell it when you have changed them. (I thought checking file timestamps would be rather slow). Whereas for scripts having them recompiled each time is not so much of a big deal.
In fact the behaviour of this plugin changed in various subtle ways when I changed it to use groovy's JSR-232 interface... and not all of them are good ways.