New Grails Foundation Announced

We have launched the Grails Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that exists to support and continue to advance the open source Grails® Framework, a free, open source, Groovy-based application development framework for the JVM. 

The Grails Foundation oversees software roadmap and development, best practices and processes, repository control, documentation and support, and fundraising related to the open source framework. 

“We are honored to continue our journey to grow and advance Grails and ensure continuity for our global community. Grails continues to be an incredibly compelling app dev framework for the JVM ... we have a strong community that agrees and will work alongside us as we continue to evolve the functionality and benefits of this tremendous technology,” said Gina Bremehr, Object Computing Chief Operating Officer.

The Grails Foundation serves to:

  • Ensure technical innovation and advancement of Grails as a free and open public use software development framework for a growing global community
  • Evangelize and promote the Grails Framework as a leading technology in the JVM space
  • Build and support an ecosystem of complementary documentation, functionality, and services

The bylaws of the Grails Foundation provide that Object Computing will maintain, in perpetuity, a majority interest in the Foundation to serve as a steward of the Grails Framework and its global open source community. Object Computing has committed an initial contribution of $200,000 to fund open source product development and evangelism for Grails.

“For over a decade, Grails has been a leader among JVM web application frameworks. The innovations in Grails and the longevity of its success have been possible only because of the vibrant and active community around the technology over the years. The Grails Foundation has been launched in part to acknowledge the role that the community has played all along and to create a forum to continue growing the enthusiasm of the community. A core tenet of our Object Computing team has always been, "All of us is better than any one of us," and the Grails Foundation facilitates our continued embracement of the value in that truth,” said Jeff Scott Brown, Grails co-founder and Object Computing Grails Practice Lead.

The Foundation relies on the financial support of contributing members. If you are interested in becoming a contributing member, please contact us at foundation@grails.org.

Grails Foundation’s Technical Leadership

The Grails Foundation is supported by a Technology Advisory Board that ensures the Framework continues to reflect and serve its diverse and growing user community. The Board will meet quarterly to discuss and make recommendations regarding Grails’ roadmap and technical direction.

The Technical Advisory Board is composed of key project contributors and partners in the ecosystem, including:

  • Jeff Scott Brown - Grails Foundation, co-founder and Director; Grails co-founder, Grails Practice Lead at Object Computing
  • Graeme Rocher - Grails co-founder; Architect at Oracle
  • Puneet Behl - Grails Product Development Lead at Object Computing
  • David Estes - Co-founder and VP of Engineering at Morpheus Data; Creator of the Grails Asset-Pipeline
  • James Kleeh - Micronaut Product Development Lead at Object Computing

For more information and for organizations interested in nominating a representative to the Grails Foundation Technology Advisory Board, please contact foundation@grails.org.

About Grails at Object Computing

On April 15, 2015, Object Computing, Inc. announced that we had become the home to Grails. We were pleased to welcome Grails co-founders, Graeme Rocher and Jeff Scott Brown, as well as the rest of the development team, to our family, and we have been delighted with the innovations they've contributed during their tenure with us. We were proud to celebrate earlier in 2020 the five-year anniversary of our collaboration

Since Object Computing has been home to Grails, the team has grown to 15 full-time engineers, with members hailing from around the globe. Team members regularly provide Groovy and Grails training at conferences, online, and via custom, private workshops for our clients. The team also delivers complimentary technical webinars for the community and routinely brings in guest speakers, partners, and clients to participate. Additionally, they regularly publish Grails guides and documentation, all of which is kept up to date for Grails users and enthusiasts.

“Grails has been tremendously successful over the last 12+ years, and the Grails Foundation will help us continue that journey," said Brown, "The community has already expressed great enthusiasm around the formation of this foundation, and we are looking forward to the continued evolution of the framework as well as the continued growth and support of the community.” 

Grails remains open source and is licensed under the Apache 2 License. Stay up to date with the Grails Foundation by bookmarking grails.org/foundation. Follow the latest Grails news on Twitter @grailsframework.

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