This Week in Grails (2012-33)

Spring Tool Suite and the new Groovy/Grails Tool Suite were released this week. These are the new variants of SpringSource Tool Suite; the Groovy/Grails Tool Suite comes preconfigured with the Groovy-Eclipe plugin and Grails support preinstalled. In addition everything has been open-sourced and hosted at GitHub. See the information page at for more information and a download link.

Joe Rinehart and the guys at are blogging like crazy about Grails. They’re Cold Fusion developers who are now having fun with Grails and are cranking out posts of interest to Cold Fusion developers but also experienced Grails developers. Check out Why Grails/Groovy? and Grails for CFML Developers for the motivations behind the change in direction, and of course all of the other posts.

Marc Palmer and Stéphane Maldini have released new versions of the platform-core plugin; check out the M3 announcement and the M6 announcement, and the M3 blog post and the M6 blog post. Also see the related posts Better i18n using the p:text tag from Grails Platform-Core and Safer access to request attributes in Grails plugins with Platform-Core.

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 2 new plugins released:

  • underscore version 1.3.3. Simple plugin wrapper for useful Underscore.js library
  • xss-sanitizer version 0.1. Sanitizes XSS from user input using the OWASP ESAPI library to sanitize request parameters

and 11 updated plugins:

  • ducksboard-api version 0.2.2. Provides integration with the pull and push API to display metrics in real time
  • external-config-reload version 1.2.1. Polls for changes to external configuration files (files added to grails.config.locations), reloads the configuration when a change has occurred, and notifies specified plugins by firing the onConfigChange event in each
  • federated-grails version 0.2.4. Uses Shiro and Shibboleth to integrate into federated authentication
  • google-visualization version 0.5.5. Provides a taglib for the interactive charts of the Google Visualization API
  • jquery-validation version 1.9. Supplies jQuery Validation resources, and depends on the jQuery plugin to include the core jquery libraries.
  • jquery-validation-ui version 1.3. Client Side Validation without writing JavaScript
  • platform-core version 1.0.M6. Provides functionality for plugins to use to achieve greater integration with each other and with applications
  • spring-security-acl version 1.1.1. ACL support for the Spring Security plugin
  • spring-security-taobao version 1.0.3. Integrates the Taobao Open API Authentication with the Spring Security Core plugin
  • standalone version 1.1.1. Runs a Grails application as a JAR file with an embedded Tomcat server
  • twitter-bootstrap version 2.0.4. Twitter Bootstrap CSS framework resource files

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