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Grails

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Latest release

2.2.4 (30/07/2013)

Developed by

SpringSource

Licenses

Apache 2.0

Overall rating

9.3
Usability
9.4
Simplicity
9.1
Documentation
9.2
Community
9.2

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Description

Java web development as it stands today is dramatically more complicated than it needs to be. Most modern web frameworks in the Java space are over complicated and don't embrace the Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY) principles.

Dynamic frameworks like Rails, Django and TurboGears helped pave the way to a more modern way of thinking about web applications. Grails builds on these concepts and dramatically reduces the complexity of building web applications on the Java platform. What makes it different, however, is that it does so by building on already established Java technology like Spring & Hibernate.

Grails is a full stack framework and attempts to solve as many pieces of the web development puzzle through the core technology and it's associated plug-ins.

Latest reviews

10.0
bond

Initialy I thought this wouldn't fare well against Rails but for a Java developer begining with Grails would be a cake walk

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9.0
stevegood

After spending many years with other languages and frameworks, I have come to find that Grails helps me to be more productive.  Often times with increased productivity comes a big hit to stability, scalability and performance.  This is not the case with Grails.  Because it is built on rock solid technologies like Spring, Hibernate and Groovy it is easily able to handle whatever my clients throw at it.  I love working with Grails!

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9.0
dmikusa

Excellent way to develop web applications.  Fantastic community and documentation.

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8.2
piotr.jagielski

Grails is the top MVC framework for the JVM. Groovy is extremely powerful, together with hot-deployment making development really productive.

The 2.0 version adds some cool features, e.g. where queries and more interactive console.

The few drawback include: lack of built-in ui framework and some undocumented features. The well integrated Spock unit test framework helps to avoid common bugs from dynamic typed language like Groovy.

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