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Getting Started with Grails Paperback – February 6, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started reading this book around 4pm one afternoon, and I didnt stop until 3am the next morning. I never knew Grails was so cool! Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by J. Dewberry
I was expecting a lot more coverage from this book based on previous reviews. It is outdated (uses Grails 0.3.1 vs the current 1.0. Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by Amazon Customer
When I received the book, I was please that it was short and I could get through it in a reasonable amount of time. Read morePublished on April 6, 2008 by G. Dickens
This is a very nice quick start guide. Exactly what I needed to get started w/ Grails rapsidly. The writing style is informal yet very informative. Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book after reading the good reviews it got. I know the author is a very Knowledgeable person on the subject. Read morePublished on February 20, 2008 by Someshwar Baldawa
The Good: This is the perfect book to learn the basics of Grails quickly. At 133 pages, I was able to read this entire book in one sitting. Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by Matt Raible