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on February 1, 2012
I bought this book expecting I might go from rails development to grails development pretty easily, but it's missing SO MUCH information it's ridiculous. My main complaint is that it lacks anything about test-driven development. It also doesn't mention much about plug-ins, and nothing about how to manage them within a project and across multiple projects. I can't even find a single example of a controller test, so I will have to use google to get most of my questions answered.

Overall it gave me some insight to the big picture of grails, but not nearly enough to actually be useful in a production environment. The book was short, not very thorough, and very lacking in depth.
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on December 6, 2010
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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on October 13, 2010
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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on June 26, 2010
I am an experienced Java developer who is just being allowed to use Grails at work, so I wanted to extend my knowledge past the puttering around stage, and attended several of Dave Klein's workshop sessions at UberConf. I was so impressed that I bought the book, which I have now read and worked through.

As we all know, most technical books get written because someone wants to learn a subject, and it is almost an accident if they turn out to be readable or useful. But, as Dave explains, he wrote this book not because he wanted to learn Grails, but because he wanted to *teach* Grails, which leads to an entirely different result.

Not only are his examples clear, and not only do they actually work, but it is obvious that he has taught them enough so that after he tells you to do something, he knows what questions will arise in your mind, and he answers them all in a timely and natural fashion. After you work through this book the documentation on the website is instantly more useful and accessible.

I truly cannot recommend this book highly enough. It only aspires to be a primer, but it does this as well as any I have ever read. Truly a joy to read and work through.
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on April 16, 2010
I personally like to thank the author for making the extra effort to see grails through the eyes of a beginner. I read this book in 3 days and it prepared me well for other more advanced ones. I wish all beginners books were like this one.
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on April 7, 2010
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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on March 18, 2010
Grails: A Quick-Start Guide offers a survey of Java web development and Grails dynamics, showing how to use Grails to build a unique application. The project-oriented approach assures programmer readers gain access to Grails' many possibilities and the concluding result - a real, functioning website - teaches all the basics about domain classes, controllers, and how to use Grails to work within powerful online frameworks.
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on March 7, 2010
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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on March 2, 2010
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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on December 21, 2009
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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