Northern Virginia Software Symposium
November 2 - 4, 2007 - Reston, VA
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Getting Started with Grails
Grails is an open-source web application framework that's all about getting things done. Grails combines best-of-breed Java technologies (including Hibernate and Spring), convention over configuration, and the powerful and dynamic Groovy language. Together with these elements and Groovy's ability to seamlessly integrate with your existing Java code, Grails finally legitimizes rapid web application development for the Java platform.
In this presentation, we'll see first-hand how to use Grails to build a fully-functioning and flexible web application in minimal time. As we develop the application, we'll explore the Grails project structure, its MVC elements, and the power of dynamic methods. We'll see how Groovy's highly-expressive nature allows us to write concise code, and Grails' use of sensible defaults and convention-over-configuration save us from much of the coding and configuration we'd otherwise face with many traditional frameworks.
About Jason Rudolph
Jason Rudolph is a Principal at Relevance, a leading development and training organization specializing in Ruby, Rails, Groovy, and Grails, and integrating them into enterprise environments. Jason has more than nine years of experience in developing software solutions for domestic and international clients of all sizes, including start-ups, Dow 30 companies, and government organizations.
Jason is the author of the highly-praised book, Getting Started with Grails, and speaks frequently at software conferences and user groups. Jason also contributes regularly to the open source community, both as an early committer to Grails, and also as a committer to the Streamlined framework and numerous other Ruby and Rails projects.
Jason holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. You can find Jason online at http://jasonrudolph.com.More About Jason »