Starting with Scalate

scalateScalate: Scala Template Engine: like JSP without the crap but with added Scala coolness

Here is a one minute way to start playing with Scalate: 30 seconds to finish reading this + 15 seconds to calm inner excitement + 15 seconds to actually do it. Get ready.. it is that simple.

( Step 1 is OS X based, check these install instructions in case your OS is different ):

Step 1. Install Scalate ( makes sense to install Scala as well, if you don’t have it )

sudo brew install scala
sudo brew install scalate

Step 2. Create a Scalate project

scalate create guice org.dotkam scalatez

where “org.dotkam” is a user defined groupId and “scalatez” is a user defined artifactId [ hellllo maven ]

NOTE: "scalate create jersey org.dotkam scalatez" may give you "Invalid syntax: No such archetype 'jersey' possible values are (empty, guice)" depending on the current Scalate version. Don't be distressed: use 'guice' as shown above

Step 3. Run it

cd scalatez/
mvn jetty:run

Once you see

2011-01-07 14:28:42.597:INFO::Started SelectChannelConnector@0.0.0.0:8080
[INFO] Started Jetty Server

Fire up the browser and go to “http://localhost:8080

Scalate Default Home Resource

DONE.

At this point you are good to start working with the Scalate project.
Let’s modify the current home page that you see in your browser:

vi src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/org/dotkam/scalatez/resources/HomeResource.index.scaml

once you save it, no need to restart: Jetty would pick you changes immediately ( e.g. “scanIntervalSeconds” parameter ), so just refresh that browser:

Scalate Custom Home Resource