So on Monday night, I started with a small project to get a Grails app integrate with Ext. I worked with the Ext components one by one until I get a fully functional Meeting Minute tracker sort of application. And this is what I got to show for.
Some stats here:
- Use AJAX for tree, tabs, grid, and content refresh.
- Ext support 3 really cool themes, no messing around with graphics or buttons.
- Stable and fast. I tested on old P3, works just fine.
- Very helpful forum.
- Open Source license or commercial licence -- up to you to choose.
- Good documentations and examples.
- The API is developer friendly and can be use with Java, Grails, Ruby on Rails, PHP or just about anything that can generate JSON or XML data.
- Started on Monday night, worked every night for at least 1 hour till Saturday to complete all the basic features.
What I found out is that:
- Grails is very cool.
- Ext together with Grails is going to be a blast.
- Like Grails, you can get something of quality up in short time with Ext.
To help others on using Grails together with Ext, I am going to start a small series of tutorials of integrating Grails with Ext. I hope many will find it useful.
By the way, Ext Version 1.0 has just been released. If you have been using Ext beta2, you can see the list of changes from beta 2 to version 1.