Grails 2.0

Thats a webinar Peter Ledbrook (lead dev grails team) gave on Grails 2.0. Some news are subtle, some inevitable. I’m mostly impressed by the new reloading along with magic re-scaffolding. Seems like the team is getting along making the framework really shine. Albeit I’m more curious how it all works out ‘in the wild’, stability wasn’t much in issue with later Grails releases, but this is some major revamp. Also, expect your production db to break (except you’re one lucky bastard utilizing some migration magic), as eg. abstract parent classes now pop up as tables. Interestingly enough, theres a brand new migration plugin, which is there by default, as well as (finally) the resources plugin (congrats for the promotion though).


Node.js is Cancer (?)

This dude has some strong opinions against using unchecked javascript code to implement backend stuff. I kinda second this. Javascript is a nice language, but I think, the current hype overestimates its usefulness. Technologies like this (PHP anyone) are for web app creators, that “just don’t care” about quality, scalability and all the good things we’re supposed to consider. “Shit just works” always makes me frown. Guess I’m outa the target audience for this…

orion dex backend | Trello

For years, I used trackers for this. Bugzilla, Jira, Trac, etc. pp., you name it.

But no more. Modern agile methods use simple record cards to keep track of defined tasks. Trello (by FogCreek, Joel Spolsky takes that to the next level.
Define card boards with custom lists, attach files, checklists, comments, assignees to cards. Share the thing or collaborate privately. The UI is slick and intiutive.
The thing is totally free-to-use (I would even pay for it, hell) so I use it for everything now (your data-paranoia-issues may vary). See an example (my current day job) behind the link.

Yer welcome.



CoffeeScript is a little language that compiles into JavaScript. Underneath all of those embarrassing braces and semicolons, JavaScript has always had a gorgeous object model at its heart. CoffeeScript is an attempt to expose the good parts of JavaScript in a simple way.

The golden rule of CoffeeScript is: “It’s just JavaScript”. The code compiles one-to-one into the equivalent JS, and there is no interpretation at runtime. You can use any existing JavaScript library seamlessly (and vice-versa). The compiled output is readable and pretty-printed, passes through JavaScript Lint without warnings, will work in every JavaScript implementation, and tends to run as fast or faster than the equivalent handwritten JavaScript.

Latest Version: 1.1.1

must give this one a shot soon!