Well I'm back from JavaPolis 06 now after presenting Grails at a session there. I must say I was very impressed by the setup and venue they had at JavaPolis. It was a lot of fun, the only downside being the dodgy wifi.
Back to Grails though, it was a really enjoyable session with a mostly packed room. I got a strong feeling that people who attended really began to understand the essence of Grails and how it is not just a Rails clone. Yes that is right people *shock, horror* there are lessons Rails can learn from Grails too ;-)
The other enjoyable part was that I got to see the print version of my book for the first time and handed out 3 copies of it at the session. It was a real relief as it was much harder work than I imagined, but now it is done and the focus is to implement the key features on the Grails roadmap.
Other than that I got to chat to some interesting people from I21, Oracle, Sun, Google, JBoss and so on making it all good fun. It was good to get to chat to Charles Nutter from JRuby again who was once again extremely sensible in suggesting there is a lot of cross over between what we are doing and more ideas should be shared.
Overall a very successful trip that opened a lot of eyes. 2007 is going to be a big year for Groovy & Grails.