Glen Smith

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Hi Nicole,

Grails 1.1 does introduce some quite significant changes (particularly around the testing framework and the plugin infrastructure). Most of the core knowledge on how the MVC frameworks works is totally transferrable from 1.0, though.

Grails in Action is targeted to 1.1. We spent quite a deal of time updating the manuscript when the new version came out.

All the best!

Glen.


10 years ago

Hehe. Thanks Dave -- I would very much love to be there! It's going to be a fantastic event.

But I've spent a lot of time working in the last 12 months getting this book out the door, and I've put myself on a travel diet for a while to see my kids! I know you can appreciate that!

2GX.au... now that might be a different story ;-)

Glen.

10 years ago
Hi Vivek,

No knowledge of Groovy is required. In fact, Chapter 2 is dedicated to teaching you the Groovy Essentials from scratch.

I think we gave away a free copy of that Chapter at one stage on the Grails podcast. Check out Grails Podcast Episode 80 and look for the link on "Chapter 2 The Groovy Essentials" to check it out!

All the best,

Glen.
10 years ago
Hi Guys,

Another +1 for Netbeans 6.7. The Grails support is really coming along. I particularly like the debugging/breakpoint support in Netbeans 6.7. If you're looking for a free option, you can't go past Netbeans. The code completion stuff has really come on in 6.7 too!

Whilst IntelliJ definitely has the edge in Grails development, Netbeans is putting up a great free challenger!

Glen.


10 years ago
Hi Jason,

I know that Sky serves up a million+ hits per day but they use a fair bit of smart caching hardware. I'm guessing that whatever platform you pick, you'll need to be thinking about a lot of caching to achieve those kind of numbers.

The book starts from scratch, and has an "in the trenches" developer focusses, so I hope it would be perfect for you guys! We use a twitter clone as our sample app (hubbub), so it suits your outlook too!

As for the IDE front, I use Netbeans 6.7 for all my Grails stuff these days, which is free and open source. It's not quite as good as IntelliJ, but it's still fantastic for Grails development, and getting better all the time! The code completion in Netbeans is pretty good (with dynamic finder support in the latest edition), and it supports debugging/breakpoints too which is really handy.

The Eclipse IDE support for Grails (free from SpringSource -- the commercial entity behind Grails) is expected later in the year, and is likely to be top notch. But for now Netbeans is the best free offering out there. Check it out!

All the best for your app!

Glen.
10 years ago
Hi Tim,

Great question! I was just talking about this in another thread.

For me, the best way to gain traction is to kick some goals! I picked a few small projects off the client's "we need this now, but we don't have budget to spend a month building it" category. If you deliver on one of those in an afternoon, you'll start to get people's attention!

The most useful thing is that it starts dialog around Grails too. People asked me "But we will need to deploy it on Websphere one day". I could then explain that a Grails app is just a standard war file, standard bytecode, etc. Helps calm people down and gets them talking about Grails for bigger jobs.

All the best,

Glen.

10 years ago
Hi Leandro,

I can't speak for everyone, but I know that I've introduced Grails into Government environments in Australia.

Whilst I can understand that conservative environments are naturally resistant to "newer" frameworks and products like Grails, there are still some fantastic opportunities to gain traction.

For example, I threw together two Grails applications in a day that have been in the "we need these apps but don't have the budget to spend a month developing them" category. I hear a lot of stories from other folks like this. Grails is really gaining traction in the "quick inhouse" app department, which I think will be the beach-head for bigger deployments in the longer-term.

I think one of the biggest Grails sites I know of is Sky UK. Million+ hits a day. Graeme has the details on his blog: Sky.com relaunches written in Grails.

Glen.

10 years ago
Hi Guys,

Great to be hanging out here for a few days. We hope people really enjoy the book!

@Vivek, we worked really hard to make the book fun and productive with an "in the trenches" vibe -- so hopefully it captures the spirit of Grails!

Glen.
10 years ago