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Awhile back I discussed the possibility of moving to a startup that is going to be using Java, more specifically the Play! Framework; well, I'm going to go for it! I have been a .NET guy for a long time now and haven't really been in the Java game except for the occasional Android tinkering or messing around with Scala a little bit. I have looked at the Play! Framework before but only on a cursory level. I think I will be fine with Java as a language, as I've been given great advice before on learning materials.

My question, is aside from the very great site for the Play! Framework I haven't found much else out there except a few blogs. Does anyone know of any other good resources for the Play! Framework like books? An Amazon search turned up zero results.

I know there is an eBook floating around out there but it seems a little outdated at this point. Anyway, thanks for your input.

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I dabbled with Play! before switching to Grails. I would take a close look at Grails for comparison. – Josh K May 18 '11 at 23:06
Funny, I was wondering earlier (as it looks increasingly certain I'll be taking the opportunity I mentioned) what you'd decided to do in the end. Good luck, sir. – pdr May 18 '11 at 23:14
@pdr: Thanks! Good luck to you as well! – Nodey The Node Guy May 19 '11 at 14:56
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The standard documentation covers the framework brilliantly.

Additionally you can take a look at the play book and there is a developer blog if you are interested.

It's an awesome framework and I've tried most of other Java framework before I settled with Play!. There is an excellent "hidden" productivity booster in the framework. Leaving it to you to find it out :-).

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Thanks for the info! Hidden productivity booster eh, I plan on spending the day learning as much as possible about it. – Nodey The Node Guy May 19 '11 at 14:54

Introduction to Play! Framework is an excellent introduction to Play.

In the recent days Play Framework Cookbook appeared that cover the framework in much detail. With this book, and willing to have a look at Play's code (it's really easy to follow!) you'll be able to move with Play! at ease.

Also you should sign in Play Framework Google Group and follow Play Framework Knowledge Base for news and articles.

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