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Product Details

  • Series: Definitive Guide
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597583
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Graeme Rocher is an experienced software engineer, consultant and dynamic language expert. Graeme is project lead of the open source Grails web application framework (Grails.org) and author of The Definitive Guide to Grails. In Graeme's 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 which was later acquired by SpringSource.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sean G. Greenhow on July 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm new to groovy/grails and hoped that the book would help me progress beyond the basic examples. Unfortunately this was not the case, as from about page 160 or so I was unable to keep my version of the bookmark application working (using grails 0.5.6). I even downloaded the source for the book and that would not run either. As a suggestion the book source code should be organized via chapter. In that way it is easier to follow the changes as the application is developed.

Having given this book a low rating, it's clearly going to be a great work once the second edition is published (hopefully shortly after the grails 1.0 release). Generally the text was well written, and very informative, and I'll be buying the second edition when it does come out! As a previous poster noted, how Graeme finds the time to do all that he does is amazing.

As to grails, I think it's got real potential, coupled with AJAX and grails should be a killer app - sorry framework.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Today's enterprise Java development is complex, tedious and challenging. In spite of numerous frameworks including Spring framework and HIBERNATE trying to address this complexity and make development simple, the truth is it is not simple. The Java developer community deserves a true framework built on very similar agile development principles that Ruby on Rails was built upon; DRY, Convention over Configuration and Boilerplate Code Generation.

Grails combines the power of Java, Groovy, Spring, HIBERNATE and more under the covers and brings out a true framework that increases your productivity to great levels.

This book clearly explains the concepts. Though some of the material and examples are little old compared to the latest Grails release, it is worth reading this book to understand the concepts. It will change the way you think and build Java applications.

A must read by every Java professional.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Guillemot on January 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Really great book!

It shows not only how fast and easy Web Application development can be on the Java Platform what you may expect as this is the book description but it also shows that Grails perfectly combines quality and productivity. High quality applications need to be easily automated testable. Authors presenting new technologies often forget this point but not Graeme who shows through the whole book how to take care to the quality of your application and even dedicates a special chapter to testing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DB on December 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Grails brings a smart, productive framework like Rails to the Java world, by way of Groovy. What's not to like about that? With Grails, you can create your standard Hibernate+Spring web application without slogging through reams of xml configuration or xdoclet notations. When you need to, you can drop back to Java - it's totally integrated.

It's a truly great framework, and this is a truly great book that describes everything you need to get started with it and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Reading the theory and having no intentions to do a real project is fine but when you run the book's single example and it fails at every step and on top of that Grails suggest the >grails update which makes worse as this is the only reference. It could have been a good book but there is a huge jump from basic grails create-app to full scale app. If anybody has the working example, I will appreciate using it.
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