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About this Book


Griffon in Action is a comprehensive introduction to the Griffon framework that covers the basic building blocks such as MVC groups, binding, threading, services, plugins, and addons. But don’t let this quick summary fool you into thinking the topics are covered lightly. The book provides deep dives into the topics at hand, following a practical approach to get you started as quickly as possible.

Who should read this book

This book is for anyone interested in writing desktop applications for the Java virtual machine (JVM). Whether you’re a seasoned Java developer or just starting on your way, Griffon in Action will give you the knowledge to get started writing desktop applications in a productive manner and—why not?—have some fun while you’re at it.

Some experience with Java Swing is assumed. Previous experience with Grails is an advantage, but we take the time to explain the crucial concepts where we think a common base should be explicitly stated. If you’re coming from another language background (such as Ruby or Python), you should find that using the Groovy language comes naturally.


Griffon in Action gives a quick, accessible, no-fluff introduction to writing desktop applications in the Java universe.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • Part 1 Getting started
  • Part 2 Essential Griffon
  • Part 3 Advanced Griffon
  • Part 4 Extending Griffon’s reach

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