This Week in Grails (2011-15)

Wow, what a week. After a lot of work Cloud Foundry was launched on Tuesday and the response was huge and very positive. It’s an open source PaaS, and community contributions are already coming in – there’s partial or complete support for Erlang, PHP, and JRuby. If you missed the webinar you can watch it on YouTube (part 1 is here and the other parts are in the suggested videos on the right). You can use the Cloud Foundry and Cloud Foundry UI plugins to deploy and monitor your apps, as well as using the STS integration or the vmc command-line client. Check out the forums for current information and to create support issues or start or join a discussion.

Here’s a sampling of the related blog posts:

and tweets (find more by searching for the #cfoundry hashtag):

In other news Graeme’s been doing some very cool work enhancing the unit testing experience for 1.4. The new approach will be a lot simpler using mixins – check out the latest docs.

GR8Conf is coming up soon, and more presenter interviews have been published:

If you want to keep up with these “This Week in Grails” posts you can access them directly via their category link or in an RSS reader with the feed for just these posts.

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There were 4 new plugins released:

  • cloud-foundry version 1.0.0.M1. Integrates Cloud Foundry’s cloud deployment services to manage the running of Grails applications in the cloud from the command line
  • cloud-foundry-ui version 1.0.0.M1. Provides a basic monitoring UI for Cloud Foundry applications
  • modernizr version 1.7. Provides the Modernizr Javascript library resource files from
  • mongodb-multitenant version 0.1-ALPHA. Enables multitenancy for MongoDB

and 15 updated plugins:

  • activiti-spring-security version 0.2.1. Integrates Spring Security to Activiti as custom IdentityService
  • code-coverage version 1.2.2. Generates code coverage reports using Cobertura
  • extjs version Provides Ext JS resources
  • fixtures version 1.0.6. Load test data via a convenient DSL
  • infinispan version 0.4.3. Adds support for the JBoss Infinispan distributed cache
  • jetty7 version 0.3.2. Inspired by official jetty plugin and jetty7 plugin by Google Code
  • jquery-ui version 1.8.11. Supplies jQuery UI resources, and depends on the jQuery plugin to include the core jquery libraries
  • lesscss-resources version 0.2. Optimises the use of css files, compiling .less files into their .css counterprt, and place the css into the processing chain to be available to the other resource plugin features
  • mongodb version 1.0-M5. Aims to provide an object-mapping layer on top of MongoDB
  • recaptcha version 0.5.2. Integrates ReCaptcha and Mailhide services
  • redis version 1.0.0.M4. Integrates the Redis key/value datastore into Grails, providing a GORM-like API onto it
  • routing version 1.1.1. Send and route messages to a wide variety of destination endpoints directly from your Controllers and Services using Camel
  • routing-jms version 1.1.1. JMS integration for the grails-routing plugin
  • taxonomy version 1.1. Adds methods to domain classes to allow you to apply hierarchical “tags” to objects
  • weceem version 1.0-RC1. A content management system

Interesting Tweets

  • @dynamind: NEW on the list of “Things I Wish I Knew Sooner”: grails interactive (all the magic without the slow JVM startup / dependency resolving)
  • @ldaley: New Geb example up with Grails, Spock and JUnit »
  • @nllarson: Day 1 of not working with #grails. How long until the twitching goes away?
  • @wangjammer5: Dear #Grails users, please take 30s to complete this form about my grails plugins, it will be very useful for me Pls RT
  • @msgilligan: Banned in France? new SecUser(username:’admin’,password:springSecurityService.encodePassword(‘xx’),enabled:true).save() #hashedpass #grails
  • @vccarvalho: Having fun with #scala. But the the best is having fun with scala and it’s support on #grails. Tks grails team, for making my life easy
  • @nusairat: FWIW … #grails devs … demand is increasing and i am seeing clients INCREASE their rates to fill those demands … 🙂
  • @wangjammer5: The new Grails 1.4 unit testing stuff looks to be an astounding improvement. Exciting because writing tests is inevitably ugly.
  • @graemerocher: Finished working on the new unit testing mixins in #grails 1.4. Checkout the brand new docs

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