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3.0 out of 5 stars
Could be better, 15 Feb 2010
I bought this book based on the reviews of others and I must admit to been underwhelmed.
"The Definitive Guide" it is not. What is presented is a well crafted example that guides your through the basics. There is no mention of best practices or reference to real world design decisions that you would need to make in the real world. Granted, thats an expectation of mine and not the authors.
At times I wasn't entirely sure whether I should be adding some of the code examples to my private version of gTunes that you build up as you work through the book or whether the code was provided for information purposes. This required flicking back and forth making it harder to follow.
I also found the book a little disjointed. The book introduces concepts as you go through the example system but there is often references to cocepts that have not been introduced.
In summary a good book but nothing special as far as tech books go. It does whats intended but other than offering a basic beginners guide I can't see myself using this as a reference.
"Grails in Action" is a much better book and one that covers all the bases for someone wishing to learn a new technology. The coverage is more in-depth and I felt had a little more substance to it. In my opinion the