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The Definitive Guide to Grails, Second Edition (Expert's Voice in Web Development)

The rise of Ruby on Rails has signified a huge shift in how we build web applications today; it is a fantastic framework with a growing community. There is, however, space for another such framework that integrates seamlessly with Java. Thousands of companies have invested in Java, and these same companies are losing out on the benefits of a Rails–like framework. Enter Grails.

Grails is not just a Rails clone, it aims to provide a Rails–like environment that is more familiar to Java developers and that employs idioms that Java developers are comfortable using, making the adjustment in mentality to a dynamic framework less of a jump. The concepts within Grails, like interceptors, tag libs, and Groovy Server Pages (GSP), make those in the Java community feel right at home.

Grails’ foundation is on solid open source technologies such as Spring, Hibernate, and SiteMesh, which gives it even more potential in the Java space: Spring provides powerful inversion of control and MVC, Hibernate brings a stable, mature object relational mapping technology with the ability to integrate with legacy systems, and SiteMesh handles flexible layout control and page decoration.

Grails complements these with additional features that take advantage of the coding–by–convention paradigm such as dynamic tag libraries, Grails object relational mapping, Groovy Server Pages, and scaffolding.

Graeme Rocher, Grails lead and founder, and Jeff Brown bring you completely up–to–date with their authoritative and fully comprehensive guide to the Grails framework. You’ll get to know all the core features, services, and Grails extensions via plug–ins, and understand the roles that Groovy and Grails are playing in the changing Web.

What you’ll learn

  • Discover how the Web is changing and the role the Groovy language and its Rails framework plays.
  • Get to know the Grails Project and its domains, services, filters, controllers, views, testing, and plug–ins.
  • Experience the availability of plug–ins for Rich Client and Ajax, web services, performance/utilities, scheduling, security, functionality, and even Persistence.
  • See how Grails works with other frameworks like Spring, Wicket, Hibernate, and more.
  • Create custom plug–ins in Grails.

Who is this book for?

This book is for everyone who is looking for a more agile approach to web development with a dynamic scripting language such as Groovy. This includes a large number of Java developers who have been enticed by the productivity gains seen with frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, JRuby on Rails, etc. The Web and its environment is a perfect fit for easily adaptable and concise languages such as Groovy and Ruby, and there is huge interest from the developer community in general to embrace these languages.

About the Author

Graeme Rocher is an experienced software engineer, consultant and dynamic language expert who serves as Head of Grails Development at SpringSource (http://www.springsource.com). Graeme is project lead of the open source Grails web application framework (http://grails.org) and author of The Definitive Guide to Grails.

In Graeme’s current role as Head of Grails Development at SpringSource, the professional open source services company behind the Spring framework, Graeme leads the development of the Grails web framework and provides consulting, training and support to SpringSource’s clients. Graeme is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on subjects related to Groovy, Grails and dynamic languages in Java.

Prior to joining SpringSource Graeme co–founded G2One— the Groovy/Grails Company— who were later acquired by SpringSource.

Jeff Brown is a software engineer at SpringSource and a member of the Groovy and Grails development teams. Jeff has been involved with
software engineering since the early 1990s and has designed and built systems for industries including financial, biomedical, aerospace, and

Jeff worked for G2One Inc. —the Groovy/Grails Company—where he would help drive the professional services side of the business. In late 2008, Jeff joined SpringSource when G2One and SpringSource came together to leverage synergies between the technologies created and supported by each company.

Through his entire career Jeff has always been a hands–on technologist actively involved in software development, training, and mentoring. He is also an international public speaker.

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