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August 2009 VIJUG Meeting – Griffon


Diverging a little bit from Java we have the pleasure to learn more about the Groovy based framework Griffon, that is put a very fresh and well working spin on Swing application development and beyond.

Vancouver Island Java User GroupVancouver Island Technology Park, Conference Center Room – 4464 Markham Street, Victoria, BC
Thursday, 27th August 2009, 18:00-20:00
Griffon – an Application Framework for Swing by Kelly Robinson

Griffon is a Groovy based framework for easing the creating, testing and delivery of Swing applications. It is largely inspired by the popular Grails web application framework, and while still very new it provides an intriguing alternative to traditional Swing UI development, encouraging good practices for an MVC style application. The Griffon development team is also very active in the Groovy community, providing many enhancements to Swing in Groovy that can be used with or without Griffon.

This presentation will provide a introduction to Griffon and its foundations in Groovy/Grails, discuss some of the plugin functionality available, and go through a few examples to demonstrate how Griffon can help to take some of the pain out of Swing development.

Kelly Robinson is a software developer at Genologics Life Sciences software, working primarily with Java and Swing in a traditional client/server enterprise application. More recently he’s been working with JBoss Seam to provide the same kind of services in a web application. And he’s been seriously bitten by the Groovy bug, evangelizing its use at Genologics(and elsewhere) as a tool to speed development and take some of the ‘pain’ out of Java.
We will raffle off

two vouchers for the upcoming book
Griffon in Action from Manning Publications
Manning Publications
a personal license for IntelliJ IDEA sponsored by JetBrains. JetBrains
some JUG T-shirts sponsored by Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems
a JavaRebel license from zeroturnaround Zeroturnaround
and some T-shirts from Atlassian fresh from Atlassian Summit thanks to Dylan
All VIJUG members and anybody else interested are welcome to attend. If you intend to come please send an email or register with the Facebook event or just show up.
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We hope to meet you there.


One Comment

  1. Last nights VIJUG meeting sported 16 people making their way out to the tech park learning more about Groovy, Griffon and Swing. I tweeted a bit during the meeting so here are my live impressiones recaptured:

    All things for the vijug meeting about #griffon are go.
    Wow. #griffon has a lot of cool builders.
    Watching great on the fly coding with swingpad. Well done @kellyrob99
    #griffon needs debian package support…
    Love the simplicity of dealing with the edt and threads in #griffon
    Resting after a great VIJUG meeting about #griffon and a geek out over beers at the pub..

    Rafael had the following feedback:

    @abstratt Great overview of Griffon by @kellyrob99 at #vijug. Thanks, Kaptain! Left wishing #griffon & #grails were just facets of the same framework

    And of course our great presenter Kelly sweated it out as well

    Survived presenting at #vijug meeting tonite. Griffon+Swingpad made it simple to demo w/ live coding. Will post slide+democode soon 🙂
    @mosabua thanks for the opportunity to present at #vijug tonite Manfred. I had a lot of fun and hope everyone enjoyed it
    New blog post: VIJUG Griffon/Groovy Presentation VIJUG Griffon/Groovy Presentation | The Kaptain on … stuff
    @abstratt tyvm for the kind regards. It was a lot of fun presenting tonite – once I stopped feeling nauseous that is #vijug #griffon #grails

    The presentation was very interesting and included a specially prepared demo application that is now available on github(see Kelly’s post on his blog). A bunch of us seemed to be missing the GORM piece from Grails in Griffon, but apart from that we all walked away thoroughly impressed (at least that is what I thought).

    Thanks to our sponsors everybody walked away with a raffle prize as well. Kelly got the well deserved JavaRebel and IntelliJ licenses (you can get them too if you present..) Our draw winner were Paul @pljenkins for IntelliJ and Aidan @thefunkyhermit for JavaRebel.

    All in all I hope everybody had a good time and we will see more faces next time.