The Gr8 Conference: Creating a Griffon Front End
On the final afternoon of gr8conf, Jim Shingler provided an introduction to Griffon – a system for creating Java wing apps in a very Grails like way. Griffon is “a Grails-like Rich Internet Framework” and Jim did a great job of showing how to install it, create a hello world project and get it up and running in about 10 minutes.
He then proceeded to take the Twitter client that Graeme had created earlier during the conference and to provide a rich Swing front end using very little code. The project is still in the early days (it’s currently a 0.1.1 release), but it was extremely impressive to see just how quickly you could build an application using it.
Right now I have my work cut out with getting up to speed with Groovy and Grails, but if you have any interest in building swing apps I’d thoroughly recommend checking out Griffin, and I plan to find some time before next years conference to play with this and post some more thoughts.