I usually associate intense debugging and chasing down environment issues when it comes to setting up a web application development framework. At an idea-to-prototype event, participants gave themselves only the weekend to finish their prototypes. With such a tight timeline, spending several hours on setting up frameworks is hardly justifiable.
I had to get started from scratch. Saager Mhatre, a developer with tons of experience across platforms advised that I could ignore the others and try Groovy and Grails. One might think of Groovy as a modern programming leap for the Java platform and Grails as a convention-oriented framework for developing web applications. But the way I’d explain it is with the words ‘Productive’ emphatically highlighted.
I was genuinely surprised to have finished setting up the framework within the hour. Everything worked well and I test drove an example app from browser to database. In contrast to other frameworks, this one took the sweat and grime out of getting started from scratch. Before embarking, I had Macports and the Java VM setup and that helped.
Again, I am honestly delighted to see such a great deal of attention towards getting setup right. Here’s to a job well done!