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Getting Started with Grails Paperback – February 6, 2007

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143030782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430307822
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,163,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a Java developer for about 10 years and I teach Java and XML software training classes for a living. Just over a year ago I was introduced to Ruby on Rails and found it fascinating. I dove in, excited at the potential ease and productivity gains, and started learning as fast as I could. My regular work, however, kept pulling me back to Java.

About a month ago, I attended a Java User's Group meeting in the Philadelphia area where Jason Rudolph gave a presentation on Grails. I found Jason to be a friendly, easy-going person to be around, obviously enthusiastic about Grails, and he gave a very enjoyable presentation. I learned that Grails can deliver most of the promises of Ruby and Rails (eventually it'll deliver on all of them), but with seamless Java integration, too. It's also built on top of Hibernate and Spring, both of which I've already invested considerable time learning, so I found that quite attractive.

Jason's book is like having him sitting by your side leading you through the framework step-by-step. He shows the design process and the natural development of a web-based, data-driven application, from conception to iterative delivery. The book is written as a series of short chapters, each of which adds a self-contained amount of functionality to the site. We get to implement it and watch it grow and improve in the process.

The books is short and very focused. In this age of massive, thousand page tomes that few people can find time to read, Getting Started with Grails is one of those few books that you'll buy and actually find the time to work through in detail. In all likelihood, you won't be able to help yourself.
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Grails is positively intoxicating. It brings all of the benefits of Rails -- convention over configuration, scaffolding, transparent database persistence -- to you on the JVM. I loved working with RoR, but the context switching killed my productivity. My "muscle memory" of Java was too strong, and flipping back and forth between JEE work and RoR -- often several times in the same day -- left me in that weird limbo of "now which syntax do I use here?" Since Groovy offers seamless interop with Java (compile it down to bytecode and include it like you would any other native Java code), the cognitive dissonance all but went away, leaving me with the pleasant experience of, "Holy cow -- look how quickly I got this website up and running."

Although Grails is pre-1.0 right now (March, 2007), all of the underlying technology is rock solid. Spring 2.0. Hibernate 3.0. Jetty 6.0. Even Groovy 1.0. You can run Grails in the included Jetty container, or WAR it up and deploy it to Tomcat, JBoss, etc. You can use the embedded HSQLDB for quick prototyping, but then flip over to any other JDBC-supported database in less than 6 lines of code. If you don't like the default mapping -- hey, it's Hibernate. Drop out of the framework and use an HBM file directly. Want to dynamically inject your own classes? No worries -- it's Spring 2.0. When I'm looking for a Grails solution, it doesn't mean that I am limited to a Groovy implementation -- Grails allows you to mine the rich JEE ecosystem. If it's a JAR, you drop it right into WEB-INF/lib like you would any other JEE application.

Jason's book mirrors the simplicity of Grails but doesn't skimp on technical content. You'll be up and running in minutes, and on to real technical solutions within your first hour. But these aren't technical shortcuts.
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I purchased the Getting Started with Grails book recently to evaluate the Grails framework. The book does exactly what it says, it gets you started with Grails. It is not written to be a reference of all the features and capabilities of the framework. It is a step by step tuturial that leads you through a number of the key areas of the framework. It is well written and provides just enough material to obtain a nice feel for Grails yet is short enough as to not be overwhelming. Grails is a really nice framework. If you want to get a jumpstart on working with Grails I highly recommend it. The book was really a nice idea. It is the type of book that is missing from most open-source projects.
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Jason does an excellent job presenting Grails in a well organized and easy to follow format. I especially like his choice of building the example RaceTrack application. It's so refreshing not having to work though the bookstore example yet again.

I highly recommend "Getting Started with Grails" to anyone who wants to jumpstart their agile development efforts and get a firm grip on Groovy and the Grails framework.
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Getting Started with Grails leads us through a smooth Grails learning, with lots of sample code. It is a small book, easy to read with important Grails concepts, for beginners and experts.

If you are looking for nice introduction to Grails, this is the one. If you want a book to often revisit Grails concepts easily, this can be the one also.

I strongly recommende it.
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This book gets right to the point. It walks you through creating your first Grails app, and touches on several topics that the reader can delve into later on his/her own. The book also will walk you through how to do a step, then later on, when the same step needs to be done, just tell you to do it...no redundant/pandering repeated walk-thrus. Thus the author helps the reader mature into a decent beginning Grails developer once the reader crosses the finish line.

The author also neatly, though not overtly, incorporates a running theme throughout, giving it a little levity. I read through the book twice, using Grails along side, and I can't praise it enough. Even the price is right! If you want a good start into Grails, beyond piecemeal tutorials, get started with this book!
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