Friday, November 21, 2008

November 2008 Meeting Minutes

A great thanks to all of you who attended the November 2008 meeting on Java concurrency last Tuesday, Nov 18th.  This time the meeting's format was different: we all got to see Grails in action live from presenter RJ Salicco.  We walked through the development of a basic web application complete database, onfiguration, and GUI in about 1 hour.  Some attendees brought their laptops and participated right along with the presentation.

Looking forward to another exciting year in 2009.  Stay tuned!

-= Presentation Materials =-
Presentation slides and code -

-= Tools Mentioned =-
Groovy Home Page -
Grails Home Page -
Grails Plugins Repository -
Groovy Test Tools -
Groovy Test Coverage -
Groovy and Corbatura -
Ant Scripting with Groovy -
Groovy SwingBuilder -
Groovy Griffon -
IntelliJ IDE with Groovy/Grails support -
NetBeans 6.5 with Groovy/Grails Support -
Groovy/Grails Eclipse Plugins -

-= Special Thanks =-
RJ Salicco / Vladimir - Presenters
GCA Technologies, Inc

Monday, November 10, 2008

Grails Live: Build Your Next Web Applications with Grails

This month, we have an exiting meeting planned.  For our November gathering (*** TUESDAY the 18th ***), we will explore web development using the Grails web framework.  For those not familiar with Grails,
it is a "code-by-convention" MVC framework that allows developers to quickly setup, build, and deploy web applications.  Grails is based on the Groovy dynamic language which has been described as an easier Java.

We will depart from our usual format.  This time, the presentation will be a demo-driven session (very little slides and lots of code).  You are invited to bring your laptop and participate along as we build a fully functional web applications with all the bells and whistle .

*** NOTE: Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 18th (we don't want to interfere with your Turkey!) ***

-= Presentation Topics =-
- Where to Get Grails
- The Grails Convention (dir structure, models, views, controllers, configurations, etc)
- Exploring Grails Command-Line Tool
- Building Your Grails App (let the fun begins)!
- Advanced Topics (if we don't run out of time)
- Integrations with rich-client technologies (Flex, Ajax, etc)
- Grails Build and Plugin System

-= Links =-
If you plan to participate, here are some links to get you started
- - Groovy Tutorials (highly recommended)
- - See Grails in Action
- - Grails Download/Installation instructions
- - Grails Tutorials
- - IDE Setup

-= Meeting Info =-
Speaker: RJ Salicco, Vladimir Vivien
Date: *** 11/18/2008 ***
Networking: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

-= Location =-
GCA Technologies Solution
4919 Memorial Hwy. Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33634
Google Map -,+Tampa,+FL+33634