Gradle 1.0 a step nearer with Milestone 8
It was fitting that Gradle's eighth milestone hit on Valentine's Day. The next-generation Groovy-powered build automation tool, which builds upon Maven and Ant concepts, certainly appears to be a labour of love that we all can't wait to get our hands on.
Evolution has always been key for the team behind it and Gradle 1.0 m8 brings some new things to the table. Thanks to a contribution by Andrew Oberstar, Gradle now includes several new code quality plugins such as a FindBug plugin, a JDepend plugin and a PMD plugin. There's also standalone Checkstyle and CodeNarc plugins from now on.
Dependency cache resolution has been targeted as well, with new offline and refresh switches included. Taming the Gradle daemon has been a big task too, with improvements there automatically affecting tooling APIs positively. Tooling API thread safety has been changed for the better and there's greater configurability within tooling with standard input, through configuring Java home or through the JVM. It is now possible to acquire information about the build environment like the java home, jvm arguments or the gradle version.
If you want to find out just what Gradle can do, a recent Java Tech Journal on the entire subject, featuring an interview with co-creator Hans Dockter, is here. We eagerly anticipate seeing more of the roadmap be completed. Sure it'll be a long progress towards a full stable version, but when it finally hits, Gradle will be the de facto standard.