Vikrant Pandit

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Recent posts by Vikrant Pandit

Never tried, but I have tried beer after eating chocolates...Makes beer taste very bitter..
13 years ago
And I thought nothing can get worse than Indian Railways....
13 years ago
Wow !! Amazing work Jeanne and everybody else involved. gives the mobile version a fair score and also some useful tips.

BTW, once I visit the mobile version its not easy to switch back to normal view. It would be great to have some direct way to make it possible.
14 years ago
I trawled through various forums without any answers.

Basically I am looking if oracle Weblogic 11g Application server has any embedded portlet container in it so that I can deploy my JSR 168 portlets on it. I know Websphere AS 6.1 has one. I am not looking to use Weblogic Portal.

In case it does not have, has any body ever tried to embed any external portlet container such as "Open Portal Portlet container" on Werblogic ?
14 years ago
This is a question for the authors

Do we require prior knowledge of Groovy to read this book ?
If yes, what level of proficiency is assumed ?
14 years ago

Why do you want to migrate ? Grails is a domain model centric framework. From your description it does not look like your application has much of a domain model. In case you just want to dabble in the technology, see getting started guide on groovy site or you can follow "Mastering Grails" series on IBM developerworks site

14 years ago
From a Java developer perspective, I can continue to use my Java knowledge and all the wonderful Java libraries I have known

Apart from that, since Grails is build over proven open source frameworks Spring and Hibernate, I believe it is more scalable
14 years ago
Groovy home page says it all

* is an agile and dynamic language for the Java Virtual Machine
* builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk
* makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve
* supports Domain-Specific Languages and other compact syntax so your code becomes easy to read and maintain
* makes writing shell and build scripts easy with its powerful processing primitives, OO abilities and an Ant DSL
* increases developer productivity by reducing scaffolding code when developing web, GUI, database or console applications
* simplifies testing by supporting unit testing and mocking out-of-the-box
* seamlessly integrates with all existing Java objects and libraries
* compiles straight to Java bytecode so you can use it anywhere you can use Java

However, Groovy will not replace Java in short/medium term. There are tons of legacy Java application and platforms where Groovy is not not present ( embedded devices).
14 years ago
Though its a question for the authors, but I saw it in excerpt page that the grails version used for the book is 1.1 which is pretty much the latest available
14 years ago

I will try to answer what I can

How can this be useful in mobile applications?

For usage of grails in mobile applications, please see this good article

What is the difference between this and Ruby on Rails?

Grails and Rails have similar philosophy. However, Groovy has easier learning curve for Java developers. Hence it makes Grails a natural choice for you if you are coming from a Java background.

4. What is the commercial potentiality of this technology?

People are beginning to use Groovy in Java projects for smaller tasks such as Unit testing. Groovy is not yet the main language on large scale projects where Java is more dominant. However, you will be able to find many examples of Groovy and Grails usage in smaller/medium applications. As far as the job market goes, it is unlikely that you will get your next job/assignment solely due to your knowledge of Groovy/Grails
14 years ago
Welcome Glen and Peter, hope your book rocks as much the framework itself.
14 years ago
Here is nice article on integrating Flex UI with grails services
Here is another very good article :

Another way can be to integrate can be to use a data service like BlazeDS. See
14 years ago
There have been some hot discussions about Grails stability on its mailing list . See

But Grails 1.1.2 is expected to focus on ironing out these issues.
14 years ago
Viral, Ajay is right . IntelliJ idea is currently the best ide for developing grails applications. Next in line is Netbeans. Eclipse plugin is not in a great shape . However, this is expected to change by this year end with SpringSource promising support for groovy and grails in Spring Tool Suite
14 years ago
Too bad, its only available in United States
15 years ago