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Here's how to get started with Grails in NetBeans IDE 6.5.
  1. Prepare the Environment
  • Read the Grails Quick Start, which presents the scenario that we will reproduce in the sections that follow.
  • Download and install the "Web & Java EE" distribution of NetBeans IDE 6.5. Nothing other than that is required, i.e., no plugins. Grails support (and Groovy support) is native to NetBeans IDE 6.5.
  • Download and unzip Grails.
  • In the IDE, go to the Options window and set the location of Grails in the "Groovy" panel. If you want to use Groovy, also set the location of Groovy there.
2. Create the Application
  • Choose the Grails Application project in the New Project wizard (Ctrl-Shift-N):

  • Click Next and type the name of the project:

  • Click Finish and you should see this:

  • Expand the folders and have a look around:

  • Also look at the generated files and notice that many of them have default values filled in:
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3. Create the Domain Class

  • Right-click on the Domains classes node:

  • Name the domain class "Book" and then fill in two Strings, "title" and "author", in the generated class. You should now see this:

  • Create some initial values in the Bootstrap.groovy class:

  • Use Ctrl-Space to call up code completion and then have a look at the other ways of completing the statements above:

4. Create the Controller

  • Right-click the Controllers node:

  • Type "Book" and notice that you are shown that the generated class will be called "BookController":

  • Then comment out the one line generated within the braces and add "def scaffold = Book". You should now see this:

5. Run the Application

  • Right-click the application and choose "Run". The application is deployed to Jetty, as you can see in the Services window:

  • The URL is printed to the Output window. Paste it into a browser and then you'll see your application. Click the "BookController" link and you'll see this:

  • Click New Book and then create a new entry:

  • When you click Create, note that you can edit or delete the entry:

  • ...and that the entry is reflected in the list of entries:


Congratulations! You've completed your first Grails application in NetBeans IDE.