Great news for the Grails Community this week! Burt Beckwith has successfully released a Grails 3 version of Spring Security Core!. Even the documentation is updated at https://grails-plugins.github.io/grails-spring-security-core/. You can find a simple app using the updated plugin in Ruben Mondejar's github repo
As Peter Ledbrook also mentions in his blog post Exploring Grails 3, on upgrading an app to Grails 3 this was one of the major hurdles. Peter also advertise for the Grails team to announce "on what direction they hope to take the framework." Jeff mentioned on the last Groovy Podcast that a roadmap was in place and we would hear more on this in the near future.
Keegan Witt has joined the Groovy team as committer, and has worked on the Windows installer for Groovy 2.4.4. It is available from bintray
Gradle has compiled a feature comparison list between Gradle and Maven. It might be a bit biased, but the evidence is overwhelming ;)
Spring Boot 1.3.0.M3 is available now, and the easiest way is using GVM. You can read whats new in the release notes
David Estes is ready with a new minor release of the asset-pipeline plugin, with persisted development runtime cache. The version is 2.5.0, and the caching results in faster load and startup times in dev mode in Grails.
The Hadoop Dev Team at LinkedIn has open-sourced the LinkedIn Gradle Plugin for Apache Hadoop, including the LinkedIn Gradle DSL for Apache Hadoop.
The release date of Dan Woods Ratpack book is currently scheduled for February 2016: Learning Ratpack - Simple, Lean, and Powerful Web Applications. If you need a Ratpack fix, the article section both includes an interview with Luke Daley, and a very good article by Kyle Boon on Zero to Ratpack
For better looking Spock reports, you can use the spock-reports project, which just released version 1.2.7
Blogs, Articles, etc.
New Grails 3 Plugins
Updated Grails 3 Plugins
New Grails 2 Plugins
Updated Grails 2 Plugins
Smart Case Plugin Provides an easy way to convert between cases for Strings and variable names
ReCaptcha and Mailhide support for Grails. Protect your website from spam and abuse while letting real people pass through with ease. Version 1.0 of this plugin introduces support for the new "checkbox" ReCaptcha. Please use an older version if you require the legacy funct
Websocket Chat Plugin Default WebSocket Multi-chat room plugin, supports Admin privilages, kicking banning users. Webcam support for chrome/firefox. WebRTC (audio/video & screen) support 0.24+
Grails err-buddy Plugin errbudd.net grails plugin.
Jcaptcha for Spring Security Plugin Jcaptcha for spring security
Recaptcha Spring Security Plugin Using recaptcha with spring security core for brute force defender
Conferences and meetups
Bay Area Gradle Users Meetup: What's new in Gradle and Plugin Best Practices, Los Gatos, - USA, September 1st, 2015.
SpringOne 2GX 2015, Washington - USA, September 14th - 17th, 2015.
Pittsburgh Groovy Programming Group: Introduction to Groovy and Grails, Pittsburg - USA, September 24th, 2015.
Groovy Grails Exchange, London - GB, December 14th - 15th, 2015
Grailsconf India, New Delhi - India, January 9th or 10th, 2016
Spring I/O, Barcelona - Spain, May 19th - 20th, 2016
GR8conf Europe, Copenhagen - Denmark, June 7th -9th, 2016.