Having played around with Grails, I think it is a suitable development and deployment technology choice, especially for java shops. It seems to be gaining traction and with the endorsement of Rob Johnson framed in the context of his companies acquisition of G2One. His explanation of why it makes sense is here and is very succinct and articulate. It seems like there will be lots of growth. All the goodness of RoR with extra power and leverage when you need it. Having gone through working with Hibernate around the transition from Hibernate 1 to Hibernate 2 and sticking with it (the current is V3.4) I really like how Grails lets you just not worry about it…of course, like anything good technically, you can get down into it easily if you want to. They just make it easy to avoid the temptation. I am working on a web app that will use Grails and also expose services accessible for the iPhone. I’ll post more on that later…

Use Firefox or Safari

If you are using it you are a weenie. The CSS implementation for IE is just painful and if you have visited me using it, you know what I mean. My home page is screwed up…but I am too sick of messing around with it just to make it work in IE. No one should use IE.

MAMP is awesome

MAMP is a single distribution of Apache, MySql, and PHP that totally rocks. I have been using it for testing web sites on my new mac pro (more about that another time). Its cool to see how far some things have come since I last went on a coding binge a couple of years ago. Yes, there are many more moving parts but things are looking up in terms of development speed. I spent the last year in an all MS shop and guess what? It still sucks…as bad as ever. Visual Studio has lots of promise. but isn’t that always the case with MS? Its always ‘going to be great’…in the next rev. Anyway, I am  thrilled to be learning some mac development…lots more later.

I Built a New Website

I suppose I am sort of proud of the fact that I have a 3 letter domain name that is a word(!) But since I am such an inveterate DIY kind of guy, I don’t know if my long association with the web and maintaining my own site is actually a ‘good’ thing. Gad does it take a long time to futz with a website(!) I have recently had some time to update it and found it to be a real time-sucker. But still, I am compelled… This time I tried to decide if I should go back to Dreamweaver and all its complexity or use something simple like RapidWeaver (which I have from last years MacHeist but it is needs to be upgraded to V3.6) I tried it and thought I was going to be ok…but no…it kind of sucked at what I wanted to do. Maybe I am just used to DW. I als looked for a template I liked for WordPress thinking I could use that as a site, and it almost works! But in the end I decided to use both DW and WP.