Ruby On Rails the Java Way: Grails

June 21, 2007 by Michael

Why is it, that you have to take at least 2 heavy frameworks (Spring and Hibernate), a scripting addition to Java (Groovy) and build another layer on top of it to achieve a fraction of RoRs functionality? At least, i seems to look nice… a lot of xml configuration madness less, nice urls and so on. Although, i’m afraid of leaky abstraction. Anyway, here you go:


I’ll give it a try, i’ll guess. At least, they have some good and well written tutorials on their sites.


  1. Graeme Rocher wrote:

    One of the reasons I just didn’t jump on the Rails bandwagen was because ActiveRecord has a fraction of Hibernate’s functionality and Ruby has a fraction of the libraries available for Java and Rails has a fraction of the integration options and richness of Spring. So the statement that Grails has a fraction of what Rails has to offer is imo false.

    Posted on June 21, 2007 at 3:41 PM | Permalink
  2. Michael wrote:

    Hi Graeme,
    wow, that’s a fast replay from a developer…

    I’m digging into grails right now.

    Maybe i should clarify what’s important for me at the moment:

    Rails gives me a very convenient way to start an application with a minimum configuration needed, thus giving me focus on developing the app. If it was just for me, it’s ok to dive deeply into configuring spring and all other j2ee thingies.
    But for my colleagues it’s another thing. They just start to develop web applications. They need to learn a bunch of new things and there’s a tendency to get lost in the j2ee configuration hell… (Hibernate isn’t a problem in this context as we use it in several c/s applications).

    Many, many RoR functionalities are – at least for me – easier and more convenient to use.

    But i think you’re doing a great job bringing that stuff to J2EE.

    Last but not least, i finally have a reason to get them at my department into groov(y)… I think you’ll agree with my that groovy is a great add-on to java 🙂

    Have a nice day,

    Posted on June 21, 2007 at 4:54 PM | Permalink
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