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The Definitive Guide to Grails 2 2013th Edition

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Jeff Brown is a software engineer at SpringSource and a member of the Groovy and Grails development teams. Jeff has been involved with software engineering since the early 1990s and has designed and built systems for industries including financial, biomedical, aerospace, and others. Jeff worked for G2One Inc. (the Groovy/Grails Company), where he would help drive the professional services side of the business. In late 2008, Jeff joined SpringSource when G2One and SpringSource came together to leverage synergies between the technologies created and supported by each company. Through his entire career, Jeff has been a hands-on technologist actively involved in software development, training, and mentoring. He is also an international public speaker.
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2013 edition (December 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430243775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430243779
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since it's written by some of the key framework developers you know the authors know what they are talking about.

Written for a beginner to Grails/Groovy, it's probably the first book to get on the subject if you are going to start with Grails. Has a good depth of topics covering just about all aspects of the Grails framework.

Even includes an appendix primer on Groovy (the language underlying the framework) so you might actually want to read that first.

Once you're done with this book you can move onto Programming Grails by Burt Beckwith to get into the deep innards of Grails if you want more. Also, maybe a Groovy book to get the language in some more detail. Programming Grails

Finally, a bit of context. Grails is very much the Java analog to Ruby on Rails. You'll find much of the features of Rails for a Java JVM environment, with complete interoperability with existing Java classes and toolset. So if you're a Java/Spring shop and thinking about getting the goodness of a framework like Rails but without completely leaving what you know, try Grails.
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I have a background with other MVC frameworks. I simply wanted to catch up on the Groovy/Grails version. This book was well written and walked me through the basics of the Grails way. You should have some familiarity with web development prior, but if you are looking at a Grails book then chances are you have some web background.

Groovy felt like Python meets Javascript (I know the purists are going to have an absolute fit over that statement). My Java background is very light and I get turned off by all the work that has to be done to get a Java environment going. Groovy the language and Grails the stack are much simpler and felt similar to Python/Django. With Grails you get all the benefits of the JVM and complete access to the Java world, but with a much easier syntax and more convention over configuration.
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First of all, this is a really good book to learn the basic concepts of Grails. It supplements the already thorough online documentation by giving adequate explanations of the key concepts of the Grails framework and the tools given to you when you use it. The book is divided into chapters which talk about the key elements in designing a Grails application and supplements them by giving instructions to create a sample application (gTunes).
Having little programming knowledge myself, I had trouble understanding some of the code snippets provided in the book. If you're in a similar situation as myself, I recommend getting to know the basic java syntax, since this is what Grails is based upon, but in depth-knowledge is not required. Reading snippets like "album=Album" over and over again tends to make an uneducated head spin quite a lot, which is why I wish the authors would have chosen different names for the variables to make the distinction clearer. In addition, I think the book could've used a CD or an online source, so you can copy and paste the (at times rather long) snippets directly.
Overall though, this is complaining on a very high level. Given enough patience, even an uneducated reader will be able to use Grails after reading this book.
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Although I learned a lot about Grails by reading this book, I found it quite frustrating. To the point that, unfortunately, I cannot recommend it.

I like that it covers certain topics well. Such as how Config.groovy works and how to use it to configure services. I still refer to the book for this info. And I like the coverage of Gorm.

But then the frustrations being. First, I was using Grails 2.4.4, which has enough differences to make some of the code in the book not work, such as the unit tests. I got through this with little difficulty because I was already familiar with the Grails 2.4.4 documentation. So far, a minor inconvenience. Then came the incorrect references to illustrations/code, the gTunes "tutorial" doesn't distinguish between the code you should write and the code you just need to observe, and the unmet claims: Wicket (whatever that is) and security (not covered at all).

In the end, I'm barely satisfied. Useful, but didn't quite meet my expectations.
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Well done to the authors for a well written book on Grails. This is my introduction to Grails and combined with internet searches for any in-depth extra info - I have all I need to start converting my web app from Java to Grails.
Some positive points,
I like that it is only 350 pages which means it is readable (compared to 650 page software books)
The structure of the book is very good, enabling you to learn in bite sized chunks
The reader is using Groovy without being aware of it is a new language, it feels easy! (I did buy separate Groovy book)
The gtunes examples are presented in snippets allowing the reader to focus on the key learning point instead of pages of code.
I looked at ruby on rails but was not comfortable with the ruby language. I had some Java, now I have the Grails framework, Groovy and I can fall-back on Java in emergencies - a great combination.
Thanks
William
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