Berglund and McCullough on Mastering Grails 101
By Tim Berglund, Matthew McCullough
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2012
Run time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Grails is a high-productivity, convention-over-configuration web framework for the Groovy language. This brief video course begins with some basic instruction in the Groovy language, then shows you how to get started building a simple application using Grails domain modeling, controllers, and GSPs through the powerful scaffolding feature. In just three hours, you’ll learn how to be productive with this exciting framework.

  • Develop an application by reviewing each important area of Grails functionality
  • Understand basic domain modeling with GORM
  • Explore database configuration through the Grails configuration files
  • Learn about static and dynamic scaffolding, convention-over-configuration web request mapping, and the Groovy Server Page (GSP) view layer
  • Become familiar with the library of custom GSP tags, and learn to write a tag of your own
  • Examine the plugin ecosystem, and install a plugin to use in your application
  • Get examples that use Grails 2.0

If you’re a developer or architect investigating Grails with an eye to adopt it in the near future, or someone who’s already uses Grails and wants to solidify your skills, this video is ideal.

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      4.0

      The title's a bit misleading

      By Andree

      from Paderborn, Germany

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      Comments about oreilly Berglund and McCullough on Mastering Grails 101:

      I liked the format with one person leading the course, another person assisting with some interesting questions and hints, while some other guys accompanying you as listener, all in a very concentrated but relaxed atmosphere.

      But for that format I think it is a litte too much stuff to cover in 3 and a half hours time:

      - Introduction to Groovy and
      - Introduction to Grails

      let alone "Mastering Grails", as the title promises - as soon as it's getting really interesting, it ends ;-)

      As the first part of lets say three parts it's very suitable and asa there's a sequel to this one, I'll get it!

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      4.0

      Great into to Grails 2

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          Comments about oreilly Berglund and McCullough on Mastering Grails 101:

          Would love to see a follow up to this where they could introduce some of the most common plugins/extras needed by developers in a typical app these days e.g.

          -integrating Spring Security
          -integrating Spring social plugins like Facebook, Twitter
          -setting up a secure restful architecture within app
          -whether developer should modularize certain parts of the app into sperate plugins for reuse by other new apps down the line
          -JMS
          -typical parallel programming jobs maybe using GPars
          -using Mongo instead of usual DBMS
          -client side rendering example maybe too

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          4.0

          Good for Pro Java Devs

          By Michael Dominic

          from Eatontown, NJ

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            Comments about oreilly Berglund and McCullough on Mastering Grails 101:

            Like all O'reilly videos the production qualities were superb; the video and audio were both crystal clear and I had no problem viewing the code samples on screen. The presenters were very knowledgeable and took time to walk you through some of the more confusing aspects of Grails. The content was introductory enough that most developers who have had a little Java experience (in a professional environment of course) would be able to grasp most, if not all, of the concepts and examples laid out by the presenters.

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            5.0

            Really, really good introduction to Grai

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              Comments about oreilly Berglund and McCullough on Mastering Grails 101:

              Mastering Grails 101 is a really good introduction. Assuming that you have a zero knowledge related to the topic, after watching the video, and following it carefully, you will end up with working Groovy/Grails environment and basic knowledge of Grails and Groovy.

              At first, you will be guided through the Groovy. The very basis of Groovy. This introduction consist of the things you have to know and understand before you start working with Grails. You will learn what Groovy is, how to write simple applications and execute them, how to install Groovy and configure the environment (basic knowledge of your CLI is assumed here). You will be told how to deal with strings, string interpolation and heredocs. You will learn basics of collections - some really nice features are awaiting here if you are new to Groovy. Then, you will be told what closures are and how to use them. BTW - in 5:10 of that part you can sneak into lecturer's environment and see what they are using for the development.

              After introducing Groovy, Matthew and Tim will guide you through the basics of the Grails. You will be told how to build simple web app that uses ORM in order to store data into database. You will learn how to create and use domain classes and how to build domain controllers. Then you will be shown how to configure Grails, how to configure external database and eventually how to link everything so you get a working web application.

              What was missing? Downloadable examples. Maybe they will show up sometime. The other thing is the interaction between Tim and Matthew with the people sitting at the table. At some point I was not sure whether people took active part in the class at all. Even though, I still give five stars here. In my opinion, this is a really good introduction for people who have never worked with Groovy or Grails. The fact is, that after three hours spent with Matthew and Tim, you will have everything set up, and ready for development. You will know some basics of how to develop apps for Grails and how to cope with Groovy. I, personally, really enjoyed this one. But, I had never ever done anything with Grails before. I assume, that for people who already know Grails this won't be as exciting. So, just to make sure. Only for beginers.

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