Grails Diary - Week 50

16 December 2013

The GGX was a huge success, with lots of excellent speakers. Dan Woods went into a funny live-twitter-commentary frenzy, also doing a few photo-bombs - he could single handed fill the interesting tweets section! (if allowed). All the videos was recorded and can already be found through the links in the section below. Graeme mentioned in his keynote, that they expect Grails 2.3.5 will be released before the end of the year, and 2.4 in the first quarter of next year.

Lari Hotari will join the Pivotal Grails team full time, from the start of the next year, great hire by Pivotal, and congratulations to Lari.

The call for papers are now open for GR8conf (US and EU both) at and Greach at

Blogs, articles, videos etc.

New Plugins

Updated Plugins

  • Extended Dependency Manager Plugin Provides a simple API in the Grails scripting environment to resolve new libraries from the remote repositories and add them to the various classpaths.
  • jaces - ultimate companion to create rich client forms, lists, grids. jaces is a extension to dijit for writing less and simplier code for form handling, listing items, adding records and updating them.
  • Kickstart with Bootstrap - Good looking websites! Kickstart is a plugin for Grails to start your project with a good looking frontend. It provides adapted scaffolding templates for standard CRUD pages using the Bootstrap frontend framework initiated by Twitter.
  • Grails AWS Plugin Amazon Web Services (AWS) grails plugin provides easy access to simpler functions of AWS
  • Apache Camel Plugin Provides message routing capabilities using Apache Camel
  • EnumMessageSourceResolvable Grails Plugin Adds an enumeration usable on Enums to easy add and implement the MessageSourceResolvable interface
  • Vaadin 7 Plugin Grails plugin integrating Vaadin 7 into the Grails project.
  • Grails Events Plugin Grails Events based on Reactor API
  • Excel Export Plugin This plugin helps you export data in Excel (xlsx) format, using Apache POI.
  • Nimble Nimble is an extensive application base environment for Grails.
  • Grails GeoIP Plugin This plugin facilitates grails integration with the opensource GeoIP framework offered by MaxMind.Using its straightforward API one can find out the country, area, city, geographical coordinates and others based on an IP.This product includes GeoLite data created by MaxMind, available from
  • Grails Phonenumbers Plugin Adds support for using Google's libphonenumber library to validate phone numbers
  • Lightweight Deploy Plugin This plugin is intended to produce a lightweight, deployable grails application. It embeds jetty, and uses a number of the conventions from Dropwizard that make sense. This plugin uses some code from both the standalone plugin by Burt Beckwith and Dropwizard by Codahale.
  • Ember.js Asset-Pipeline Plugin Provides Ember.js integration with asset-pipeline. Allows for handlebars precompilation as well as scaffolding for building an emberjs application.
  • Handlebars Asset-Pipeline Plugin Provides Handlebars precompiler support for the asset-pipeline static asset management plugin.
  • LESS Asset-Pipeline Plugin Provides LESS support for the asset-pipeline static asset management plugin.
  • CoffeeScript Asset-Pipeline Plugin Provides coffee-script support for the asset-pipeline static asset management plugin.
  • Asset Pipeline Plugin The Asset-Pipeline is a plugin used for managing and processing static assets in Grails applications. Asset-Pipeline functions include processing and minification of both CSS and JavaScript files. It is also capable of being extended to compile custom static assets, such as CoffeeScript.
  • Build Test Data Plugin Enables the easy creation of test data by automatic inspection of constraints. Any properties that are required have their constraints examined and a value is automatically provided for them.

Interesting Tweets

Conferences and meetups

G48, global, Feb. 28th - March 2nd , 2014
Greach, Madrid - Spain, March 28th -29th, 2014
GR8conf Europe, Copenhagen - Denmark, June 2nd -4th, 2014
SOTR - Scotch on the Rocks, Edinburg, June 5th - 6th, 2014
GR8conf US, Minneapolis - USA, July 28th-29th, 2014
SpringOne 2GX 2014, Dallas - USA, September 8th - 11th, 2014
Groovy Grails Exchange, London - GB, December 12th - 13th, 2014