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Grails Persistence with GORM and GSQL Paperback – 28 Apr 2009

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Robert Fischer is an independent contractor specializing in web application development and technical leadership. He is a regular presenter at conferences on the topic of Groovy and Grails, development best practices, and functional programming. He also is a regular contributor to open source in many languages, with his key contributions being the JConch library for Java concurrency, a plugin for Grails for background thread processing, and a plugin for Grails for automatic database updating. He resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife.

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This book has some some five star content in places.
I've picked up a few new Groovy tricks to add to my coding repertoire and I'd recommend this book for that alone.
The book demonstrated things with extensive use of Assert statements which was good.

But there are a few things that irked me and hence the loss of a couple of stars (points 5-7 lose a star and points 8 & 9 causes loss of a second).
1) Comments showing artifact names weren't in some other font or bold or in italics to show a clear deliniation between artifacts in an individual listing.
2) P25 Luke Daley's Injecto library. The link seems to have stopped working at the time I write this.
I looked on the Wayback machine and found it was also used in GLDAPO. Then I exchanged Tweets with Luke & he tells me the @mixin annotation have replaced this.
Guiilliame LaForge covers @mixin this in the Groovymag April 2009 issue (What's new in Groovy 1.6) and Craig Wickesser gave an example in Dec 2009 issue (Groovy MetaObject Programming).
3) P27 1-30 should be 1-32
4) P130.
- Firstly, it seems there are a couple of lines missing here to declare the Testing class and a comment to signify where the artifact is along with its name.
- Secondly the author quotes parameter mapping for Dates as not working in Grails Controllers. So statements like:
def foo = new Foo(params)
Or
def foo = new Foo()
foo.properties = params
wouldn't work for Dates.

I investigated this a bit more and I think this was as a result of the test the author was performing not a Grails problem per se!
ie Date.toString() doesn't give a date in a format that the underlying Spring binding understands!
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I found this book via a link in a blog. I was able to download it straight away using the magic of Kindle and, while I appreciate this Amazon magic rather than book magic, it did make me approach the book with a positive mood).

I read the whole thing over a weekend. This is unheard for for me - there's normally something I find too dry that I start hopping around and subsequently only really "use" a fraction of a book - nothing wrong in that of course.

For me this book was ideal. I've been using Grails for a while on a personal project but was aware I didn't know how to do much beyond using the "findBy*" methods. I've used Hibernate before but find that a bit abstract at times.

The book introduced the various ways of getting "stuff" from the DB - from GORM to SQL and it gave a quick overview of the caches and how to use Grails cache directives. These tips alone justified getting the book for me.

Chris Ward
If I want more detail I now at least know what to go and look for.

I liked it. For me it did exactly what it said on the tin.
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