2 DAY CONFERENCE

Groovy & Grails eXchange 2009

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Wednesday, 9th - Thursday, 10th December at The Skills Matter eXchange, London

13 experts. will be speaking. Starts at 9:30 AM.

Following on from the success in previous years this conference, which will be held on Thursday 10th December 2009 brings together the leading innovators in the Groovy & Grails community, including Guillaume Laforge and Graeme Rocher, the leads on Groovy and Grails projects respectively, for an informal day of deep technical insight and friendly discussion.

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Welcome message

Russ Miles

"An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler; through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore” – Edward de Bono, “Simplicity”, 1998

Groovy, to infinity and beyond!

Guillaume Laforge's keynote on "Groovy, to infinity and beyond!" focused on all the novelties in Groovy 1.6. We'll also have a look at what's ahead of us, for Groovy 1.7

Guillaume LaForge

Guillaume is the Groovy Project Manager. Along with Graeme Rocher, he founded G2One, the company dedicated to sustaining and leading the development of both Groovy / Grails and providing professional services around those technologies.

Gant, the lightweight and Groovy targeted scripting framework

In this talk we will look at the Groovy techniques used in Gant to provide the functionality it does. Particular emphasis will be placed on using (or not) the metaclass system, and how to design (or more likely evolve) a domain specific language (DSL) to be well supported by the Groovy language.

Russel Winder

Russel Winder is an independent consultant, analyst, author, expert witness, and trainer at Skills Matter and an expert on Java, Groovy, Scala, Python, D, Go. Gradle, SCons, Waf, SBT. Bazaar, Mercurial, Git.

Building mobile web application with Grails

In this talk Sebastien Blanc, developer of the iWebkit (plugin), will show how building mobile web applications with Grails is as easy as pie (the food, not the calculation). Sebastien will describe the anatomy of a mobile web app and then quickly move into building an actual mobile application using the iWebkit (plugin).

Sébastien Blanc

Sébastien is the author of the iWebkit (plugin) and discovered Grails in 2006 during Javapolis (now Devoxx). Ever since then he has not been able to stop using it! (in a good way). Sébastien is an active member of the NLGUG (The Dutch Groovy&Grails

Clustering a Grails Application for Scalability and Availability

How is your lone web server going to handle all the traffic you'll get when it lands on Slashdot or the front page of Digg? Probably not well. To prepare for all of this popularity you're going to need multiple servers, but there's more to it than buying hardware.

Burt Beckwith

Burt Beckwith has been a software developer for 15 years, most of that as a JVM developer, and for the last five years working with Grails and Groovy. He is a core developer on the Grails team at SpringSource, and has created over 40 Grails plugins.

Building DSLs: Marriage of High Essence and Groovy Metaprogramming

DSLs or Domain Specific Languages focus on a domain or a particular problem. They serve as an effective human-machine interaction tool as they're highly expressive. In this fast paced highly interactive talk you will learn the characteristics and types of DSLs, the challenges in designing DSLs and Groovy features that can ease the pain of implementing DSLs.

Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc. has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He helps his clients succeed with Agile Development and various software technologies.

Code kata: improving your Groovy kung-fu workshop

While preparing the second edition of Groovy in Action, Dierk once again worked systematically through the language and came across a number of new features that slipped by his attention when they were added. This talk will present those features in a workshop-like manner with demos, live coding and lots of interaction with the audience.

Dierk Koenig

Dierk König works as a fellow for Canoo Engineering AG, Basel, Switzerland. He is a committer to Groovy and Grails, and a manager of the open-source Canoo WebTest project. He is the lead author of "Groovy in Action" book.

Eclipse-based tools for Groovy and Grails

Building on top of the greatly improved incremental Groovy Eclipse Plugin, recently the first version of Grails tools was integrated into the free SpringSource Tool Suite. This session will introduce the tools and show how you can be even more productive working with Groovy and Grails and proper IDE tooling

Christian Dupuis

Christian is a Principal Software Engineer for SpringSource and is the leader of the Tools Team responsible for SpringSource development tools including SpringSource Tool Suite. Since 2004 Christian has led the well known Spring IDE open source proje

ParkBench Panel Discussion with Pizza & Drinks

After a brief serving of Pizza & Drinks, we'll hold the second ParkBench Panel discussion of the conference, to discuss ideas, things we learned, things we would like to hear more about, things to take away after the conference. Ask your questions to the speakers of the afternoon's expert talks or join the panel to express your opinion or share your experience!

Russ Miles

"An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler; through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore” – Edward de Bono, “Simplicity”, 1998

COFFEE, TEA, REGISTRATION

A short welcome word by Russ plus some coffee, tea & registration

Russ Miles

"An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler; through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore” – Edward de Bono, “Simplicity”, 1998

Keynote: Grails, into the clouds. Modularity viewed from above!

Graeme's keynote will focus on the recent Grails 1.2 release, including features such as GORM named queries, Ivy-based dependency resolution, named URL mappings and the project documentation and metadata system. Graeme will also discuss the ongoing development of Grails 2.0 and the focus on taking modularity from build through the deployment onto cloud-based systems.

Graeme Rocher

Graeme Rocher is the project lead and co-founder of the Grails web application framework. He's a member of the JSR-241 Expert Group which standardizes the Groovy language. Graeme authored the Definitive Guide to Grails for Apress and is a frequent sp

Create slick UIs for your Grails apps with GWT

GWT is a powerful toolkit from Google that enables you to create rich and dynamic user interfaces for the browser using Java. There's no need to learn a new language (Javascript) and you can keep your existing Java IDE and tools.

Peter Ledbrook

Peter is one of the core Grails committers and he has been developing with Grails since version 0.2 (give or take 0.1). He created the GWT Grails plugin as an exercise to see whether it was possible, but it has since grown into something that can support serious development.

Creating easy and secure SOAPful Web Services

In this talk, Tareq and Russ explain how the Spring-WS Grails plugin makes creating contract-first, document oriented web services super-easy by bringing together the power and flexibility of the Spring-WS framework and Grails.

Russ Miles

"An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler; through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore” – Edward de Bono, “Simplicity”, 1998

Tareq Abedrabbo

Tareq is Chief Technical Officer at OpenCredo. He is continually involved in the delivery of innovative projects, frequently incorporating NoSQL/Big Data and Cloud platforms, to a wide range of organisations. His approach is highly pragmatic and hands-on, and focuses on problem solving and delivering value to his clients.

Interview with Guillaume LaForge and Mac Liaw

Interview with Guillaume LaForge and Mac Liaw.

Gradle Deep Dive

Gradle combines the flexibility of Ant with a build-by-convention approach a la Maven. But both implemented in a more powerful and less restrictive way. In this session you will learn about Gradle's rich domain model, which provides a true build language.

Hans Dockter

Hans Dockter is the founder and project lead of the Gradle build system and the CEO of Gradleware Inc, a company that provides training, support and consulting for Gradle and all forms of enterprise software project automation in general.

Building Killer RIAs with Flex and Grails

Adobe Flex is a Rich Internet Application framework that allows developers to build robust and powerful applications for the web and the desktop. In this talk, Tomas Lin discusses the major technologies and tools available within the Grails / Flex ecosystem and dive into building a simple and fun application using the Flex plugin, BlazeDS, Grails and Flash Builder 4.

Tomas Lin

Tomas Lin is a Grails developer at BSkyB. He has worked with Groovy and Grails extensively on projects like Secret Escapes, Suzuki.ca, Cruiseline fans, Dan Aykryod Wines and Empora.com

The Grails Plugin System: Plug into productivity

Grails is more than just a web framework, it is a complete platform and API for runtime configuration. This talk, by Grails project lead Graeme Rocher, will demonstrate Grails' modular architecture and how to hook into runtime configuration to adapt your application based on its environment and/or the presence of other plug-ins.

Graeme Rocher

Graeme Rocher is the project lead and co-founder of the Grails web application framework. He's a member of the JSR-241 Expert Group which standardizes the Groovy language. Graeme authored the Definitive Guide to Grails for Apress and is a frequent sp

ParkBench Panel Discussion with Pizza & Drinks

After a swift serving of Pizza & Drinks, we'll hold the second ParkBench Panel discussion, to discuss ideas, stuff we learned during the afternoon and stuff we would like to hear more about. Delegates will not only be able to ask their questions to the speakers of the expert talks, but are also actively encouraged to join the panel to express their opinion or share their experience!

Interview with Venkat Subramaniam and Russell Winder

Interview with Venkat Subramaniam and Russell Winder

Russel Winder

Russel Winder is an independent consultant, analyst, author, expert witness, and trainer at Skills Matter and an expert on Java, Groovy, Scala, Python, D, Go. Gradle, SCons, Waf, SBT. Bazaar, Mercurial, Git.

Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc. has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He helps his clients succeed with Agile Development and various software technologies.

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