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.
Groovy is a new dynamic language that dramatically speeds up Java development. Grails is a complete web framework in a box, including a web server and a database. Google Maps allows you to add maps to your webpage in a few lines of code. Put all three together and you are built for speed.
In this talk, Scott discussed how to incorporate Google Maps with your database-driven web application. Mashing up local data is one thing: mapping data from other websites like Google Calendar is just as easy. Groovy’s XML parsing capabilities make dealing with web services a breeze. Creating mashup means understanding both web services and Ajax-based mapping services. This talk provided sound fundamentals in both. The rich toolsets out there allow you to spatially-enable data that you never thought of mapping.
Scott Davis is the Editor-in-Chief of AboutGroovy.com, an information portal for all things Groovy and Grails. Scott also frequently presents at international conferences and user groups, and was president of the Denver Java Users Group in 2003