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Grails in Action, Second Edition by Glen Smith and Peter Ledbrook

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Chapter 1. Grails in a hurry . . .

This chapter covers

  • What is Grails?
  • Core Grails philosophy
  • Grails installation
  • Key components of a Grails application
  • Your first Grails application—developing and deploying it

“Help, I’ve lost my Mojo!” That statement is a concise summary of what developers feel when working with any of the plethora of Java web frameworks. Each change requires time spent editing configuration files, customizing web.xml files, writing injection definitions, tweaking build scripts, modifying page layouts, and restarting apps. Aaaahhhh! “Where has all the fun gone? Why is everything so tedious? I wanted to whip up a quick app to track our customer signups! There must be a better way . . .” We hear you.

Grails is a next-generation ...

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