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Holy Gradle

Gradle 2.1 brings a new build tool and plugin portal

JAX Editorial Team

[Cue singing choir of angels] Gradle’s latest and greatest makes it way easier to get plugins with its very own plugin portal.

Gradle has released its latest significant update (version 2.1), bringing important changes and a new build tool. The focus of this release is a simplified mechanism for the use of community plugins within the builds and to this end, the Gradle plugin portal was launched.

It already lists more than 120 plugins from the community and users have the possibility to search the list of plugins for a specific keyword.

Simpler plugin access and shorter compilation time

Gradle 2.1 will also shorten the compilation time and this is ensured by a new feature that will support a step-by-step Java compilation. This support is however, still “incubating”.

Gradle plugin portal (Source: Gradle)

Gradle 2.0

The Enterprise Automation Tool updated with a 2.0 version earlier this year – a highly anticipated and promising release that offered users a lot of flexibility as well as Java 8 support. Features included the new public API for resolving “source” and “javadoc” JARs for JVM library components as well as the introduction of Groovy 2.3.2 for the compilation and running of build scripts and plug-ins.

Gradual Java compilation was previously known from Apache Ant and Maven, but according to the release notes it has been solved differently in Gradle, to avoid the Pain Points with Maven and Ant.

Improvements were also seen in maven-publish and ivy-publish plug-ins as well as the Tooling API. Detailed information can be found in the release notes. Check out JAXenter’s interview below with Groovy project manager Guillaume Laforge on what makes Groovy groovy.

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