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November Philly Grails UG Meeting Recap - Ken Kousen

Tonight, at our Grails Meetup, we had the opportunity to hear Ken Kousen talking about Groovy and Web Services.  

Ken demonstrated using Groovy closures and methods, along with the Jax-WS services built in to Java 6, to tie in to web services.  

Ken demonstrated how to execute calls to web service stubs via Groovy in a more, well, Groovy way.  He wrote tests using Spock, which is a behavior driven testing tool, and also used the XmlSlurper to fetch data in XML format from a web service.  He showed use of the @Delegate Groovy annotation, and had a lot of nice collect & join methods for assembling web service URL parameters.

Ken also showed a bit on using GeoLocations in Groovy as well.

All in all, a useful presentation to reboot our Grails user group.  I'm glad he was able to take the time this week to prep and deliver the session.  We should have his slides on the Groovy Meetup site, as well as at, soon.

You can find out more about Ken Kousen (that's pronounced Cousin) - at KosenIT Inc.

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