January 08, 2014

Welcome to January 8th. There are now only 357 days left in 2014. What are you going to do with them?

If you're working in a JDK environment or use Groovy, maybe you'd like to check out the latest Grails 2: A Quick-Start Guide, now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/dkgrails2.

And if you haven't yet, check out our New Year's recommendations below to help get 2014 off to a great start.

Grails 2: A Quick-Start Guide

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. Grails uses the principle of convention over configuration and the dynamic Groovy programming language.

This revised and updated new edition shows you how to use Grails by iteratively building a unique, working application. By the time you're done, you'll have built and deployed a real, functioning website. Using this hands-on, pragmatic approach, you'll explore topics such as Ajax in Grails, custom tags, and plugins. You'll dig into Grails' powerful view technology, Groovy Server Pages, and see how you can easily leverage the help offered by scaffolding to create custom user interfaces faster than you would have thought possible. Along the way, you'll learn about domain classes, controllers, and GSP views. And you'll see how Grails enables you to use powerful frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate.

With Grails, you can get a lot done with little effort. With this book, you'll get a lot done as well. Get started with Grails today.

New Year's Resolutions

Are you ready to take your New Year's Resolutions seriously? Here are our suggestions.

Don't waste your time: make the most of your exercise and diet habits so you can actually see results this year.

Have you embraced functional programming and immutable data yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Get started with Elixir, Scala, or Clojure:

Help get the next generation started with programming, in Java or JavaScript:

And finally, the web drives the world. Get up to speed on the parts you missed and roar ahead of the pack in 2014.

Good luck!

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