This week was the United States GR8Conf, and we were lucky enough to have it right here in Minneapolis. GR8Conf is a conference focusing on Groovy and Grails and is held in the US, Europe, and Australia. Refactr was one of the sponsors this year as well.
The conference started off on Sunday with a few introductory sessions to get attendees up to speed on Groovy and Grails. Monday and Tuesday had 4 different tracks of presentations over 5 sessions for a grand total of 40 different presentations. There were also 3 keynote addresses from Graeme Rocher on the current state and future of Grails, Dr. Venkat Subramaniam on the rise and fall of programming languages, and Dierk König having some fun with Groovy.
There seemed to be a focus on using Grails for mobile development, using Async and REST interfaces, and developing for the cloud. There also seemed to be some crowd favorites like “Contributing Back to Grails” by Bobby Warner, “Future-proof scaffolding with the Fields plugin” by Rob Fletcher, and “Git Core Concepts” by Ted Naleid.
Shaun Jurgemeyer and everyone else did a great job of organizing this event and I’m looking forward to next year.