Chapter 8. Using plugins: adding Web 2.0 in 60 minutes

In this chapter

  • The basics of Grails plugins
  • Adding graphs and charts
  • Integrating email support
  • Adding full-text search
  • Performing a UI makeover

Few things in life do exactly what you want, and unsurprisingly Grails is no different. Fortunately, there’s a wealth of Java tools and libraries out there that will help you implement almost any feature you could want. Because Grails is inherently a Java-based framework, you can use pretty much any Java library out there. Many of them are robust and mature, so why reinvent the wheel?

You can use Java libraries as is, but there can be big benefits to having an adapter between Grails and the library that makes it easier to use and quicker to ...

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