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Grails in Action by Peter Ledbrook, Glen Smith

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Chapter 6. Developing tasty views, forms, and layouts

In this chapter

  • How GSPs work
  • The common GSP tag libraries
  • Rendering and processing forms
  • Writing custom tag libraries
  • Creating stunning layouts
  • Adding visual effects and animation
  • Explore interactive Ajax tags and remoting

We’ve spent most of the book so far building the heart of Hubbub: processing incoming requests, interacting with the data model, calling business logic, and creating posts, users, and timelines. It’s been a lot of fun, but not visually satisfying. It’s time to leave the core functionality behind and do some work on the user interface (UI) of our web application.

A great-looking UI has all sorts of subtle impacts on the user. People think that a visually pleasing application ...

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