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Grails 1.0 released!

02.05.2008
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Graeme Rocher just announced on the Grails mailing list the release of Grails 1.0. I'm very happy to announce this news here on Groovy Zone since more than 2 years ago I stood at the cradle of Grails together with Graeme, Guillaume La Forge and Dierk Koenig. Grails, Groovy and the entire Java community has gone a long way since then.

Grails has seen the rise of many competitors since its inception. JRuby on Rails has become a reality. Seam is going strong. Yet the popularity of Groovy and Grails is undeniable, as the traffic on Groovy Zone indicates.

Thanks to the Grails development team for all the hard work. Grails went through quite a few refactorings. Out of this came ExpandoMetaClass which helped to re-write the Meta-Object Protocol in Groovy 1.5. I also like BeanBuilder, a Groovy builder for configuring a Spring ApplicationContext.

For me Grails is the ultimate rapid prototyping platform for Java. I've built numerous applications by dropping in existing Hibernate-configurated classes and generate scaffolding views. It gets you started really quickly and helps you to focus on the application you're building.

GSP and the Grails tag libraries are amazing, they're so much better than JSP tags. And lets not forget the numerous Grails plugins. The Search plugin is terrific, it instantly adds search functionality to your application. Check out all the Grails plugins for your needs.

Download Grails 1.0 here. Read the user guide here. Watch the screen casts here. Check out the Grails and Groovy books here.

Happy coding!

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Steven Devijver.

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Comments

Robert Hicks replied on Tue, 2008/02/05 - 9:18am

They need mirrors! I cannot seem to get the download started. It is good that Grails is so popular but bad that I cannot get to the shiny new release.  :-)

Guillaume Laforge replied on Tue, 2008/02/05 - 12:11pm in response to: Robert Hicks

There are now several mirrors listed here. But I guess in the future, some alternatives, such as BitTorrent, etc, could be worth investigating to avoid these kind of problems when too many persons try to download a release at the same time! The poor Codehaus servers must be having a hard time today with the success of the release!

Dave Klein replied on Tue, 2008/02/05 - 12:33pm

At last! I think the pre 1.0 release number was th biggest thing holding Grails back.

Let the Grails world domination commence!

Sorry, getting a bit carried away. But really, I think we're going to see a big surge in Grails adoption now.

Congratulations G2One and Grails dev team! Keep up the good work.

Dave Klein

www.capjug.org

ff aaa replied on Tue, 2008/02/05 - 7:26pm

congrats, excpet i wish you changed the *rails name..

Vinodh Lakshmin... replied on Wed, 2008/02/06 - 7:11am

This is great news. Groovy and Grails just keeps getting better and better. All the very best.

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