Grails 1.1 Web Application Development

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  • Understand the relationship between Grails and the Groovy scripting language
  • Learn enough about Groovy to get you writing your first Grails applications
  • Use the built-in AJAX support to enhance user interaction and create slick user interfaces with the RichUI plug-in
  • Develop and use a REST service interface and provide an API through REST
  • Handle file upload and versioning allowing users to share files
  • Use Grails scaffolding to generate a user interface to allow management of users and roles within the application.
  • Secure your application with the JSecurity plug-in and use plug-ins to solve common problems
  • Reduce object persistence issues using Grails Object-Relational Mapper
  • Create your own Grails plug-in for tagging to limit the amount of data that is displayed on your home page
  • Get to grips with automated testing to write functional tests that drive the application
  • Expose your application to other developers with a RESTful API

Web development is tricky—even a simple web application has a number of context changes ready to trip up the unwary. Grails takes the everyday pain out of web application development, allowing us to focus on delivering real application logic and create seamless experiences that will address the needs of our users. This book will take the pain out of Grails by showing you exactly how to build a web application with a minimum of fuss.

With this book, even if you are new to Grails, you will be up and running before you know it. You will be able to code faster and your code will be better. This clear and concise book is packed with examples and clear instructions to help you build your first Grails application and gives you the skills to speed up your application development by adding a different angle for learning about the topic. After a brief introduction to the dynamic JVM-based Groovy programming language, which teaches you enough about Groovy to understand the relationship between Grails and the Groovy scripting language, it shows how to use Grails and a number of key plug-ins to deliver valuable web applications. It also takes you through creating, developing, testing, and deploying an example team collaboration application in Grails.

Using an incremental and iterative approach you will learn how to build a basic web application with secure authentication and different levels of authorization. You will learn how to handle file upload allowing users to share files. Some advanced features of object-oriented persistence will be introduced through adding tags for messages and files to giving users a robust categorization system.

You will then build on the basic application to enhance the user experience through AJAX and the RichUI plug-in. You will take a further step into the world of Web 2.0 by adding an RSS feed and a REST service to the application. Once the entire application is up and running, you will learn how to create your own plug-in for tagging. Finally, you will learn how to deploy this application to a production environment.

  • Ideal for Java developers new to Groovy and Grails—this book will teach you all you need to create web applications with Grails
  • Create, develop, test, and deploy a web application in Grails
  • Take a step further into Web 2.0 using AJAX and the RichUI plug-in in Grails
  • Packed with examples and clear instructions to lead you through the development and deployment of a Grails web application
Page Count 328
Course Length 9 hours 50 minutes
ISBN 9781847196682
Date Of Publication 26 May 2009


Jon Dickinson

Jon Dickinson is the principal consultant and founder of Accolade Consulting Ltd. ( and can be contacted at He specializes in developing web applications on the Java platform to meet the goals of users in the simplest and least obtrusive way possible.