Today I activated thurst.net, it’s my first web application built using Grails designed to satisfy its users thirst for news. It does this by combining RSS-channels with twitters on the same subjects, this way the user can get editorial content and also see the latest buzz on the same topic as the posts.
I really like developing with Grails, it speeds up many of the mundane tasks immensely when creating applications for the web. The other side of the coin is that a lot of small problems surface during the coding and deployment of the first application in a new language on a new framework. With most of the problems out of the way thurst.net is now online (or actually on and off, it’s in heavy beta)!
The version online is a really early development test, but it’s running and the most basic feature, searching for related Twitters on RSS-posts, is working. The design and layout will be changed soon and much more functionality will be added as soon as I have time, but for now please visit http://www.thurst.net and give it a try!