Formally Done with Grails Plugins and Mailing Lists May 8, 2010 | 08:03 pm

I’m formally tapping out of Grails plugins and mailing lists at this point. It’s nothing personal to anyone involved or a particular judgement on Grails—I just don’t care anymore.

I’ve got a different life going these days as a student at Duke Divinity School and a GAMS developer at the Climate Change Policy Partnership. I did Grails plugin development because I found it useful, and I hoped someone else would find my work useful, too.

Now that I don’t find it useful anymore, I don’t want to do it anymore. I’d rather spend what little free time I have for open source working on more interesting problems than dealing with when files get compiled in Grails (an outstanding issue with Autobase) or why I can’t use metaclass mangling to create a method with the same name as a property (the outstanding issue for GORM Labs).

If you’re interested in taking over leadership of one of my projects, please do: drop me an e-mail if you need my help in the transition.

  • Don

    Your work on Grails plugins was a lot more useful than your blog posts describing the minutiae of your college courses. If you spent less time blogging laundry lists of the courses your taking, you’d have more time left over for plugin development.

  • Robert Fischer

    I’d suggest you subscribe to the No School RSS feed, so you can be spared such annoyances in the future.

    And BTW, it’s my graduate school career which I post blogs about, not my college career. And that’s also my future career, in contrast to Grails plugin development, which is my previous career.

    Also: see paragraph #3 in the original post. And, for that matter, paragraph #1 and #2. It’s not about time: it’s about not being engaged or interested anymore.

  • Alicia

    Robert: I don’t know why you let people post nasty comments on your blog when they don’t add anything to the conversation. It kind of disgusts me that people take the time out of their day to write whiny, nonconstructive things like this. Just delete them.

  • Robert Fischer

    But then someone will be WRONG on the internet!

  • Colin Harrington

    Thank you for all of your contributions to the community. You’re presence will be missed :-(

    ~ Wishing you the best!

  • Robert Fischer

    Thanks. It’s been fun and rewarding while it lasted.

  • Don

    I didn’t know about that “no school” feed, my bad. Apologies for the tone of the previous post, I guess I was just disappointed to learn that the Grails plugin development community will be losing one of it’s foremost contributors.

  • Alicia


  • Robert Fischer

    No problem: I kinda expected to get some feedback along the lines of, “Yeah? Well, we never liked you anyway! So there!” So your comment was relatively mild compared to my expectations. :)

  • Simon Kenyon

    do you have any recommendations as to what to use for migrations?
    as a way to learning grails i am porting a smallish rails app that i wrote.

  • Robert Fischer

    Autobase was the most promising contender, and it’s still receiving a fair amount of support from the community even though I’m gone. There isn’t a particularly compelling alternative—which is true for Rails, too, unfortunately. The whole space of database migrations is just an ugly, ugly space.

  • Tim Michalski

    Thanks Robert for your contributions. I’ve personally benefited greatly from autobase and I feel it is THE BEST plugin available in Grails.

    Good luck on your career moves!

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  • David Brown

    I’m glad I stumbled upon this blog b4 wasting time trying to hire ya. BTW: know of any Grails consultants needing work?

    Regards and pls advise…