Java web development is notoriously tedious, but help is on the way: Grails. Using the principle of convention-over-configuration and the dynamic Groovy programming language, Grails takes the pain out of web development and brings back the fun. This book will get you up and running with Grails by putting it to use in constructing an original, working application from start to finish.

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About this Book

  • 200 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P1.0 (2009-10-19)
  • ISBN: 978-1-93435-646-3

Grails is a full stack web development framework that enables you to build complete web applications in a fraction of the time and with less code than other frameworks.

In Grails: A Quick-Start Guide, you’ll see how to use Grails by iteratively building a unique, working application. By the time we’re done, you’ll have built and deployed a real, functioning website.

Along the way, we’ll learn about domain classes, controllers, and GSP views. We’ll see how Grails allows us to use powerful frameworks like Spring and Hibernate without even knowing it.

Using this hands-on, pragmatic approach, we’ll explore topics such as AJAX in Grails, custom tags, and plugins. We’ll dig into Grails’ powerful view technology, Groovy Server Pages, and see how we can easily leverage the help given to us by scaffolding to create custom user interfaces faster than you would have thought possible.

With Grails, you can get a lot done with little effort. With this book, you’ll get a lot done as well. It’s time to bring the fun back into web programming. Get started with Grails today.

Contents and Extracts

Full Table of Contents

  • Introduction excerpt
  • Our Project
  • Laying the Foundation
  • Building a Domain Model
  • Beyond Scaffolding excerpt
  • Getting Things Done
  • Forum Messages and UI Tricks excerpt
  • Knock, Knock – Who’s There? Grails Security
  • Big Picture Views
  • Seek, and You Shall Find

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.