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GRAILS - fresher , Best way to start, please suggest some books

Venkatachalam Dekshinamurthy

Joined: Jul 07, 2010
Posts: 12
Dear All,

I am a fresher to GRAILS and would like to master this framewrk.. Please guide me in the same by providing links or reference to some useful study materials...

I am also going through the online documentaion and trying some samples based on it ..

Thanks in advance
Paul Fisher

Joined: Jul 06, 2010
Posts: 23
The best reference for grails is the online documentation and the Definitive Guide to Grails, published by Apress.

We also cover Grails and Roo in our soon-to-be-published book, Spring Persistence with Hibernate.

Good luck!

Paul Tepper Fisher

Mark Spritzler

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Moving this thread to the Groovy and Grails forum.


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Hussein Baghdadi
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No book will make you master Grails framework and any other framework.
Official docs are your main resource to stay up date but in case you want to pick a book then "Grails in Action" is a good one.
Pradeep bhatt
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I am not sure if there is a newer edition , the book "The Definitive Guide to Grails" is also recommended.

M Givney

Joined: Sep 24, 2003
Posts: 25

I have the Graeme's Definitive Guide as well as the Grails Quick Start Guide from Pragmatic. I would opt for the latter if I was just starting out, only because I like the format and the book dives right into creating the TekDays application which was pretty fun to code.

Also, Scott Davis has some great Grails articles on developerworks that are worth checking out too.

chris webster

Joined: Mar 01, 2009
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"The Definitive Guide To Grails" (APress) by Graeme Rocher and Jeff Brown is the most comprehensive book on Grails that I've seen, but it's a reference book rather than a tutorial.

"Grails In Action" by Glen Smith and Peter Ledbrook (Manning) is an excellent and pretty thorough introduction to Grails based around a tutorial with lots of intelligent material on how and why things work a particular way. Plus their sense of humour is good fun.

And definitely check out Scott Davis's series of Mastering Grails tutorials on IBM developerWorks.

Depending on your previous experience, I'd also recommend getting a good book on Groovy, because you'll find the language is extremely powerful if you start to appreciate the way it works, and especially the ways in which it is different from Java. Grails uses a lot of clever Grooviness, on top of lots of clever Spring stuff, and it helps to understand at least in principle how it all works.

My favourite Groovy book is "Groovy in Action" by Dirk Koenig (Manning), which will give you an excellent introduction to the clever things you can do with Groovy. There's supposed to be a new edition out soon (next year?), but the 2007 edition is fine.

Venkat Subramaniam's book "Programming Groovy" (Pragmatic Programmers) is also good, but doesn't cover as much as the Koenig book.

Have fun!


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Sanjay Mistry

Joined: Oct 30, 2005
Posts: 17
Hi all,

I am well seasoned Java developer. However, I have to get a good quality tutorial/guide through a complete practical example and hand holding to getting me grasp new stuff.

I have had heard very very good things about Grails and it's quickness and easiness in delivering of solution. After much trials, I found one documentation which was easy read and it worked first time. It took me about 3-4 hours to go through the book but by the time I finished, I felt good and confident to start a project knowing that I can solve/find solution for most what I will need.

Please give it a try: Many many thanks to authors of the book. (It's free to download).

Sanjay Mistry

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