This Week in Grails (2011-05)

I guess the big item of the week was the mammoth Grails User mailing list thread on “Grails Adoption”. It’s easily one of the longest threads I’ve seen since being a subscriber to the mailing list (currently at 102 messages), and it’s been a very interesting read.

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One item that you might have missed was the release of STS 2.6.0 M1. Looking at the “New and Noteworthy” document there are plenty of new and improved features of interest to Groovy and Grails developers:

  • Support setting ‘env’ parameters for deploying Grails Apps on Tc server
  • UI support for setting System properties passed to Grails Commands
  • Compilation of Grails projects will no longer produce warnings in the problems view for dependent plugin source files.
  • Overriding the plugin install location (grails.project.plugins.dir) in a Grails project will now correctly be reflected in any linked source folders created for plugins.
  • Code assist performance has been improved
  • Find occurrences in groovy files (CTRL-Shift-U) now works
  • Mark occurrences now works
  • Improved syntax highlighting
  • Better type inferencing for closures inside DGM calls
  • Ability to set Method entry breakpoints
  • Fixed some issues preventing the setting of breakpoints

and I know that there will be plenty more added before the full release (this is just the 1st milestone).

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Miscellaneous Items


There were 3 new plugins released:

  • horn version 1.0. Easily embed data semantically in your HTML and extract it for use as your JavaScript model.
  • spring-mobile version 0.1. Uses the Spring Mobile project to detect mobile devices
  • spring-security-kerberos version 0.1. Adds Kerberos single sign-on support

There were also several updated plugins:

  • activiti version 5.2. Integrates the Activiti BPM Suite and workflow system
  • app-info version 0.4.2. provides a UI for inspecting and altering various aspects of the application’s configuration
  • aws version Provide easy access to simpler functions of Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • cxf version 0.7.0. Expose Grails services as SOAP web services via CXF
  • dojo version Adds support for the Dojo JavaScript toolkit
  • eclipse-scripts version 1.0.4. Downloads and links sources and javadocs for dependencies from public repositories
  • fixtures version 1.0.4. Load test data via a convenient DSL
  • ibatis version 1.3.0. Integrates the MyBatis persistence framework
  • invitation-only version 1.1. Manages user invitations to your application
  • lang-selector version 0.3. Provides a tag to display flags for countries of the languages your application supports and switch locales
  • remote-control version 1.1.1. Execute code inside a remote Grails application
  • webdriver version 0.3.1. Integrates Webdriver with Grails to allow functional testing in both HtmlUnit and real browsers

Interesting Tweets


Check out this cool heat map of the locations of jobs posted at (via @tomaslin)

Also check out these interesting trend graphs from that were mentioned in that mammoth mailing list thread; the trend for Grails, and the relative trend compared to Ruby, Scala, PHP, Python, and Java

User groups and Conferences

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