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Grails: A Quick-Start Guide Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1934356463 ISBN-10: 1934356468 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (November 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356463
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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The book then goes into building a Grails web application.
Curt W. Keller
The writing style of Dave Klein and the comprehensible Grails examples made the reading a very rewarding experience.
Jacek Laskowski
I'm more likely to get a book I can read in a week or 2, than something I'll need to commit 6 months to.
LE

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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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. M Palmer on March 7, 2010
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Dave Klein's thoroughness and writing style made learning Grails nearly effortless. Mr. Klein needs to write similar-quality books on the topics of Spring (Core only), and Hibernate. Both would sell.
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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boyko Todorov on December 6, 2010
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The best 200 pages of technical literature I have ever read. This is a true 'No Fluff Just Stuff' book. It gave me a tremendous confidence I could produce a full fledged web app in no time using Grails. I was able to go through the book in a matter of three days without major struggles. Just follow along with the example and at the end you would have a fully functional web app. Dave is also active at his support blog at pragprog and answers questions for people who couldn't get something working from the examples in the book. Great job, Dave!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LE on October 13, 2010
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Being in IT and now a software developer, I've read my share of tech books. I've spent countless hours sifting through 800 page books just to find out the very basics of the material.
I'm really tired of buying these HUGE manuals, only to find 80% of more of the information does not pertain to me.

This book takes a fresh approach to teaching. Instead of showing you every possible scenario and cover every minute detail, let's just take a simple project and work it from the ground up. We can do this all in under 200 pages(including pictures). This is a God send. I was able to cover the entire book, exercises and all, in a week.

I realize this is not a reference book, but sometimes you don't need an exhaustive reference. Sometimes, you just need something to get you up and going quickly.

Thanks for the wonderful book and hopefully more authors will take note of your style. I'm more likely to get a book I can read in a week or 2, than something I'll need to commit 6 months to.
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