Learn the Essentials of Groovy and Grails

In partnership with Oakland University, Merit Network is pleased to present Introduction to Web Application Development with Groovy and Grails, a five-day course held January 28-February 1, 2013, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI.
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Groovy is an object-oriented programming language for the Java platform; Grails is an open source web application framework that uses Groovy. Groovy and Grails are key components of the newest releases of Ellucian's Banner enterprise resource planning system, making the mastery of Groovy and Grails essential for developers who support Banner.

Over the course of five days, you will learn the basics of Groovy and how to use the Grails framework to rapidly create sophisticated web applications. All attendees will receive a copy of Apress's The Definitive Guide to Grails and related course materials, as well as copies of all code created during the class.

Training is provided by Accelebrate, Inc., an Atlanta-based provider of IT training that delivers courses at client sites worldwide.

This class is 60% hands-on, 40% lecture and discussion, with the longest lecture segments lasting about 25 minutes. You will learn by doing, with immediate opportunities to apply the material to real-world problems.

View a detailed outline of the course.


All attendees must have prior programming experience in a modern object-based or object-oriented programming language and be experienced with the fundamentals of HTML.

Computer Requirements

Windows computers will be provided for all students and will be loaded with the necessary software. There is no requirement to bring your own computer to this class.

About the Instructor

The course will be led by Ken Kousen, of Accelebrate, Inc. Ken is an instructor, mentor, and consultant in Java, XML and related open source topics. Particular specialties include Groovy, Grails, Spring and Hibernate. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Making Java Groovy by Manning, and is a regular speaker on the No Fluff, Just Stuff Conference Tour. His academic credentials include B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.A. and PH.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and an M.S. in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dates, Location, Registration

Introduction to Web Application Development with Groovy and Grails will be held on Monday-Friday, December 28-February 1, 2013 at the OU Incubator on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Class will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and end by about 4:30 p.m. The OU Incubator is located in Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion, on the east side of Oakland's campus. View directions.

Registration for Merit Members is $2095 per person. Non-Members may attend for $2395 per person.
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Registration may be canceled up to 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 11, 2013, minus a processing fee of $35. Refunds are not available after that date; substitutions are allowed if necessary.

Scholarships Available

Scholarships for this event will be available through the Professional Learning scholarship program. Anyone from a Merit Member organization may apply for a scholarship if funding to attend is not otherwise available through their organization. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, January 4, 2013. We are grateful to the Merit Community Supporters for their contribution to the scholarship program.
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Support for this event provided by the Merit Community Supporters: ADVA Optical Networking, Cisco Systems, Data Strategy and Juniper Networks

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