Programming Grails
Best Practices for Experienced Grails Developers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2013
Pages: 364

Dig deeper into Grails architecture and discover how this application framework works its magic. Written by a core developer on the Grails team, this practical guide takes you behind the curtain to reveal the inner workings of its 2.0 feature set. You’ll learn best practices for building and deploying Grails applications, including performance, security, scaling, tuning, debugging, and monitoring.

Understand how Grails integrates with Groovy, Spring, Hibernate, and other JVM technologies, and learn how to create and use plugins to augment your application’s functionality. Once you know how Grails adds behavior by convention, you can solve problems more easily and develop applications more intuitively.

  • Write simpler, more powerful code with the Groovy language
  • Manage persistence in Grails, using Hibernate or a NoSQL datastore
  • Learn how Grails uses Spring’s functionality and optional modules
  • Discover how Hibernate handles details for storing and retrieving data
  • Integrate technologies for messaging, mail, creating web services, and other JEE technologies
  • Bypass convention and configure Grails manually
  • Learn a general approach to upgrading applications and plugins
  • Use Grails to develop and deploy IaaS and PaaS applications
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4.0

Lots of useful info

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    Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

    I have been using Groovy and Grails for a few years now. This book has lots of useful information on how Grails works under the hood. I have been able to apply this info into several projects I am currently working on.

    Grails is the best development platform I have used and this book is going to make me even more productive.

     
    5.0

    The Grails Bible

    By Xeno

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      Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

      For those who have all the other Grails books but still have issues with the underlying Spring components, this book answers all your questions. Mr Beckwith goes into great detail talking about all the pieces of the architecture and how it interacts with the underlying pieces of spring, how the pieces are created and how they are used. He also details how to customize for your needs. This is a must have for the Grails professional.

       
      5.0

      In depth knowledge for experienced progr

      By hb

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      Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

      This is an extremely useful but difficult read. It goes into depth into the plumbing of Grails, so if you aren't VERY familiar with all the terms and usage, this will be a long read. This is likely necessary for a book of this type. Beginner books can gloss over the hard stuff; this one tackles it head on.

      I recommend this book for anyone that needs to know what is *really* going on with their Grails programming.

       
      5.0

      Very detailed stuff

      By Lojza Tran

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        Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

        Burt wrote a very in-depth book about Grails and it's exactly what I've been looking for. I think this is the only one book for advanced developers in Grails so far. Many of the chapters in this book can be applied elsewhere, especially when developing with Spring or Hibernate.

         
        5.0

        Amazing book, highly recommended

        By Alidad

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          Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

          Programming Grails by Burt is full of incredibly useful/must-know information about Grails. Specially if you are not coming from spring background, this book can help you understanding many of the concepts used in Grails. More exciting is learning little small tricks that can help configuring the framework to fit your needs.

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          5.0

          An Insight worth every peny

          By jamroks

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            Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

            This book has been what you are looking for when you need solid deep grails knowledge . The Best book ever in this category if not the Only One . The Author explain all the concept in a very clear way with this touch of true deep grails experience that you will feel in every example exposed ...

            I Highly recommand it !!!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A must-have for any grails programmer

            By fabien7474

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            Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

            This book is not for Grails beginner.

            However, this is the only resource available that unify and explain deeply Grails concepts, mechanism and "magik". I have been expecting this kind of books for a long time, and if I had it in time I would have started coding Groovy/Grails differently AND it would have avoided me many mistakes.

            A must-have

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            4.0

            Very advanced subject matter

            By Scott

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            Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

            Just a warning that while I like the book quite a bit, it's really a very advanced level book.

            Not a good introduction into Grails. More like a second or third level book for someone who has gone through the other "learn Grails" kind of books. Very good explanation of what's going on underneath but often if you are not well versed in Java and/or Spring it's rather hard to understand in spots.

            If you do manage to understand it, it will help you with some of the Grails gotchas as you understand Grails underpinnings.

            The marketing of this book should definitely be adjusted or many buyers expecting an intro to Grails will pan this book as being impossible to understand.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Most In-Depth Book on Grails

            By Jean Barmasn

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                Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

                Four more chapters were just released (Sep 2012), including chapters on Spring and Hibernate. Those are worth the price of the book alone. Burt is one of the most helpful and knowlegeable people in the Grails community, and this book shares much of his knowledge.

                As an experienced Grails programmer (over 3 years) I definitely learned a lot of new about the framework.

                Highly recommend!

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                5.0

                Excellent look under the hood of Grails

                By Ken Kousen

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                  Comments about oreilly Programming Grails:

                  Yes, this "early access" edition is very early, but the content so far is fantastic. The Hibernate chapter is the best discussion of how Grails handles Hibernate anywhere, and Burt clearly discusses how and when to use the second-level cache.

                  If the book consisted of that chapter alone it would be worth the price, but the other available chapters are also great. I have every reason to believe this will be an outstanding book for experienced Grails developers.

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