Beginning Groovy, Grails and Griffon

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Web frameworks are playing a major role in the creation of today's most compelling web applications, because they automate many of the tedious tasks, allowing developers to instead focus on providing users with creative and powerful features. Java developers have been particularly fortunate in this area, having been able to take advantage of Grails, an open source framework that supercharges productivity when building Java–driven web sites. Grails is based on Groovy, which is a very popular and growing dynamic ...

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Overview

Web frameworks are playing a major role in the creation of today's most compelling web applications, because they automate many of the tedious tasks, allowing developers to instead focus on providing users with creative and powerful features. Java developers have been particularly fortunate in this area, having been able to take advantage of Grails, an open source framework that supercharges productivity when building Java–driven web sites. Grails is based on Groovy, which is a very popular and growing dynamic scripting language for Java developers and was inspired by Python, Ruby, and Smalltalk.

Beginning Groovy, Grails and Griffonis the first introductory book on the Groovy language and its primary web framework, Grails. Griffon is also covered. While Grails is the Web framework for building Groovy Web applications, Griffon is the deskop framework for building desktop Groovy applications. Could Groovy be the new Java? It's light, fast and free (open source).

This book gets you started with Groovy, Grails and Griffon,and culminates in the example and possible application of some real–world projects. You follow along with the development of each project, implementing and running each application while learning new features along the way.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of the open source, dynamic Groovy scripting language and the Grails web framework.
  • Capitalize upon Grails’ well–defined framework architecture to build web applications faster than ever before.
  • Improve your web application with cutting–edge interface enhancements using Ajax.
  • Use Grails’ object–relational mapping solution, GORM, to manage your data store more effectively than ever before.
  • Take advantage of Groovy to create reporting services, implement batch processing, and create alternative client interfaces.
  • Deploy and upgrade your Grails–driven applications with expertise and ease.
  • Discover an alternative client in Groovy as well.
  • Explore the Griffon framework for creating Groovy-based desktop applications.

Who this book is for

Java and web developers looking to learn and embrace the power and flexibility offered by the more agile, lightweight Groovy scripting language and its Grails and Griffon frameworks.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Groovy and Grails
  2. Groovy Basics
  3. More Advanced Groovy
  4. Introduction to Grails
  5. Building the User Interface
  6. Building Domains and Services
  7. Security in Grails
  8. HTML5, Ajax and JavaScript
  9. Web Services
  10. Reports
  11. Batch Processing
  12. Deployment and Upgrading
  13. Introduction to Griffon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430248064
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,124,380
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Judd is president and primary consultant for Judd Solutions, LLC. He is an international speaker, open source evangelist, leader of the Central Ohio Java Users Group, and coauthor of Enterprise Java Development on a Budget (Apress, 2003). He has spent 12 years architecting and developing software for Fortune 500 companies in various industries, including insurance, retail, government, manufacturing, and transportation. His focus is consulting, mentoring, and training with Java, Java EE, Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME), mobile technologies, and related technologies.

Joseph Faisal Nusairat, author of "Beginning JBoss Seam" and co-author "Beginning Groovy & Grails", is a software developer who has been developing web based applications in the Columbus and Phoenix area since 1997, primarily focused on Java / Groovy development. His career has taken him into a variety of Fortune 500 industries including military applications, data centers, banking, internet security, pharmaceuticals, and insurance. Joseph is a graduate of Ohio University with dual degrees in Computer Science and Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry. Currently, Joseph works as the Groovy Sage at Integrallis Software (www.integrallis.com). In his off-hours he enjoys watching bodybuilding and Broadway musicals, but not at the same time.

Jim Shingler is a VP of Application Development for J. P. Morgan Chase. The focus of his career has been using cutting-edge technology to develop IT solutions for the banking, insurance, financial services, and manufacturing industries. He has 16 years of large-scale Java experience and significant experience in distributed and relational technologies.

Vishal Layka is the chief technology officer of Star Protocol. He is involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of distributed business systems, and his focus is on consulting and training with the JVM languages. His language proficiencies include Java, Groovy, Scala, and Haskell. Vishal is also the lead author of Beginning Groovy, Grails, and Griffon (Apress, 2012). When he needs a break from technology, Vishal reads eclectically from calculus to star formation.

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