Last night I attended the Chicago Groovy Users Group meeting. The speaker was David Klein, author of Grails: A Quick-Start Guide. He talked about using REST web services in Grails. He said that people are moving away from using SOAP and that REST is the most common way people do web services. He also said many people are doing things that are REST-like. He said the guy who formulated REST gets upset when people call something REST when it is not. So I will start looking at REST.
He also said that Chicago is one of the big Groovy/Grails/Griffon cities in the USA. The Groovy/Grails developers work for SpringSource, the company behind the Spring Framework. So I will take a closer look at Groovy as well.
He also announced that the next SpringOne conference will be in Chicago in October. It was a pretty good meeting overall.