Grails

Companies Using Grails

I’m pretty excited about Grails, but am often asked for social proof. Well, by every measure,1 Groovy is the #1 JVM language after Java, and Grails is the #1 full stack web framework.2 But for some, that’s not enough. They want to know who is making it #1? Major companies. Below I’ve listed the household names. I could not get details for some companies, but a Google search will verify the claim (e.g., the Disney developer posting a Grails question to a mailing list).

Last update: February 11th, 2014

  • Atlassian
  • Big Lots – core site
  • CARFAX
  • CollabNet – web interface to SVN server
  • Condé Nast
  • Commission Junction (part of Conversant)
  • Dell - Enstratius
  • Disney
  • eHarmony
  • EMC – owns VMWare, which owns SpringSource, which employs both Graeme Rocher (Grails creator) and Guillaume Laforge (Groovy PM and spec lead). So, duh :-)
  • Epic Games
  • Ericsson
  • ESPN
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Fidelity Investments
  • HealthPartners – Virtuwell
  • H&R Block – mobile site (now defunct)
  • HP - Application Information Optimizer
  • Humana
  • IBM – Kenexa
  • IEEE
  • Intel – New Devices Group
  • Intuit - Intuit Payment Network
  • Janus
  • LinkedIn – Recruiter application
  • LiveNation – TicketWeb
  • Live Gamer
  • Lucasfilm
  • Lyris
  • MoneyGram
  • MTV (and Viacom by extension)
  • Netflix – Asgard, their Amazon EC2 cloud management app, now open sourced.
  • Nissan – Leaf site
  • Nokia
  • OppenheimerFunds
  • Panera Bread
  • PayPal – Bill Me Later
  • Precor – Preva product
  • Rally Software
  • Riot Games (makers of League of Legends)
  • Rumble Entertainment (maker of Kings Road)
  • Qualcomm
  • Symantec
  • T-Mobile – internal apps
  • Target
  • Toshiba- Toshiba America Business Solutions
  • Trip Advisor
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • ValueClick
  • Virtual Tourist – core site (parent is Trip Advisor)
  • Volkswagen - UK site
  • Walmart – MP3 streaming site (now defunct)
  • The Washington Post
  • Wired.com
These are household names in some countries outside the US:
  • MACSF – (France) insurance company, internal systems
  • Mercado Libre – (South America) core site
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Sky – (UK) TV listings, movies, and showbiz sites
  • Vodafone Music – (UK) core site
Colleges and universities:
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • SUNY
  • UCSF
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of San Francisco
  • Yale University

There are lists of many lesser known companies/apps found here and here.3 Another good place to check is Find Grails Jobs and indeed.com. I used all of them to compose this piece.

  1. Tiobe, job listings, etc. []
  2. Granted, I can only think of 2 others, Play and Roo, but full stack is where you get the most productivity. []
  3. Apologies in advance that I’m intentionally leaving off startups and smaller companies. That’d be too much to manage and it won’t sway managers and architects, which is the point of this piece. []