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Grails: A Quick-Start Guide 1st Edition

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Dave is a developer with Contegix, a company specializing in delivering managed internet infrastructure based upon Linux, Mac OS X, JEE, and Grails. Dave has worked as a developer, architect, project manager, mentor, and trainer for the past 15 years, and has presented at user groups and national conferences. Dave's Groovy and Grails-related thoughts can be found at http://dave-klein.blogspot.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356463
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave is a consultant helping organizations of all sizes to develop applications more quickly (and have more fun doing it) with Grails. Dave has been involved in enterprise software development for the past 15 years. He has worked as a developer, architect, project manager (don't worry, he's recovered), mentor and trainer. Dave has presented at user groups and national conferences. He is also the founder of the Capital Java User Group in Madison, Wisconsin and the Gateway Groovy Users in Saint Louis, Missouri.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacek Laskowski on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
There was so much pleasure to read "Grails, A Quick-Start Guide" by Dave Klein. After those other Grails books I had already read ("Grails 1.1 Web Application Development", "Grails in Action", "The Definitive Guide to Grails, Second Edition" and "Beginning Groovy and Grails: From Novice to Professional") "Grails, A Quick-Start Guide" turned out to be the best for Grails newcomers who are keen to start developing Grails applications right from the very first page. Even though it took over 200 pages and just scratched Grails' surface I think any Grails practitioner will find something interesting for oneself, be it for the writing style of Dave Klein or Grails' goodies he was able to present without more ado. I enjoyed it so much that I read it from cover to cover in a blink of an eye. I simply couldn't believe I could read a book so quickly.

The book's title says its all - it is indeed a quick-start guide with 12 chapters and the appendices with a plenty of Grails resources for those who are willing to delve into Grails a bit deeper. The author meant to write a book that's "more than a cursory introduction [...] with all the basics of Grails and a few advanced topics" (page 3) and he made it. The book uses Grails 1.1.1, but it didn't really matter as it'd be considered a too low-level detail for this book. The author didn't touch a feature that required knowing it. It was "not intended to be a reference or the only Grails book on your shelf" (page 3 again), yet it deserved the 1st place on mine while proposing a book for people who wanna go pro in Grails.

I wrote it's a book for Grails novices, but it's not completely true as some advanced Grails gems sneaked in as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Burns on November 6, 2009
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"Grails: A Quick-Start Guide" is exactly what it is titled. From beginning to end, it walks you through the fundamentals of Grails and shows you it's abilities via an application you build along the way with the author. Practically each line of code you enter is explained in detail step-by-step. The book touches on the essential basics all the way up to Grails security, dynamic finders, and available plug-ins. I used it to help me with my first Grails project and it truly made learning this new framework easy. It is an easy read and Dave Klein does an awesome job of explaining the details in a manner acceptable to all. Whether you are an experienced Java developer "tinkering" with Grails or someone new to Java and Grails altogether, you will find this book very helpful. If you want to quickly learn Grails to either create your first Grails application or just to satisfy your curiousity, then I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Harris on October 29, 2009
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Being new to Grails, I was looking for a quick way to learn the basics and get up to speed quickly. Mr. Klein's easy writing style and terrific examples gave me a clear understanding of the power of Grails and allowed me to see for myself what all of the buzz is about. Great book. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Crone on December 21, 2009
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I had the rare opportunity to spend some time with Dave working at the SpringOne2GX conference this year in New Orleans. He is a kind, patient, helpful guy that has a great passion for Grails and encouraging its usage. This book reflects his personality well. Several teams here at my company have been using this book as primer to get real applications going on Grails with no prior experience whatsoever. I have literally handed the book to developers when I suggest using Grails on new projects. Usually I would have to follow this recommendation with some hands-on mentoring to help get the project going. However, I have not heard word back from the developers until they had a working system! Even then they had few questions to ask. I think this reflects well on Dave's book.

On a different note, I have suggested the book to several experienced developers with some working knowledge of Grails and they invariably find some nice gems of knowledge in there as well.

Good job Dave!

For a deeper dive, consider the "Definitive Guide to Grails, second edition". For a good intro to the Groovy programming language, take a look at "Programming Groovy". There is also a new edition of "Groovy in Action" coming out early next year I believe. Keep it Groovy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2010
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At the end of the book, Dave writes that he feels a bit like Mr. Rogers at the end of his show, taking off his sweater, and so on. That's a very apt metaphor, because reading this book feels very much like you're sitting next to Dave, in front of a warm fire, as he gently guides you through all the features of Grails by building a conference scheduling application. It's a pleasant way to learn, actually; both low pressure and low key, but still with lots of content.

If you're looking for a reference book, this isn't it. Try the Definitive Guide to Grails instead. But if you've never used Grails before, and you'd like a friendly introduction (by your good neighbor Mr. Klein) that also gets into advanced topics, this book is a great choice. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curt W. Keller on April 7, 2010
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I have tried and played with a few web frameworks. Grails A Quick Start Guide had me up and running a web-app with a variety of features in a short amount of time and the most important part of it was I had fun. I got into this industry because I enjoy it and it's nice to read a technical book that also has that sense that development can be an enjoyable process. This book is not a be all book for Grails but it teaches the basics well and shows a variety of interesting features available to the Grails framework including Twitter feeds.

If you are looking for a book to learn a web framework or just want to see what Grails is about this book hits the mark. It has a chapter on Groovy for readers to get a little caught up with the Groovy language, which I found helpful. The book then goes into building a Grails web application. This includes building the overall foundation of the app with domain classes, controller classes, and views. Just doing that is easy with Grails. The book goes onto explaining relationships, scaffolding, security, UI tricks, searching, and more complex multi-class views. All of this is done and built in a single application so by the end of the book the reader is left with a pretty cool fully featured web application.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone that wants to see what Grails is about and what it can offer.
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