Wednesday, June 20, 2012

First Thoughts on the New Project

I have been experimenting with STS and Grails 2.0.4 for one week now. The initial idea was to spend two hours a night five nights a week. The first thing I learned is Monday through Thursday spending two hours at something that feels like work is all right. Friday night I didn't feel like it but I thought Sunday night made more sense anyway. Sunday night I didn't feel like it either. So I am not sure if five nights a week is really going to happen.

Quick Hits

  • If you want to use Groovy Eclipse in STS don't install STS in the Program Files directory.
  • STS is easy to move if you need to, just drop the folder somewhere else.
  • H2 has a console and Grails makes it available in the dev environment (grails dev run-app).
  • You can add an environment to the STS menu commands using Run > Run Configurations...

STS Run Configurations dialog box.
  • Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+G brings up a Grails command prompt.
  • When running in dev use  http://localhost:8080/{appname}/dbconsole to get to the console.
  • The default JDBC URL is jdbc:h2:mem:devDb and Password is blank.
H2 Console login page.
I did write a very small amount of code. Small amounts of code is one of the reasons I really enjoy Grails. One domain class, scaffold controller with two additional actions, taggable plugin, one template, six lines added to the show view and the result is some jQuery fun.

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