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Last but not least

Gradle 5.6 released – faster Groovy compilation, new plugin for Java test fixtures & more

Gradle 5.6 is here, and is the last of the 5.x versions, so it’s a bit bigger than your average minor update. Among the changes are improvements to speed up Groovy compilation, a new plugin for Java test fixtures, and better management of plugin versions in multi-project builds. There’s also an important security update. Let’s take a closer look at what’s changed.

Null marks the spot

JEP 358 – Improved NullPointerExceptions

No matter how carefully they wrote their program, nearly every developer knows the dreaded NullPointerException all too well. The JVM points to the location of the problem, but not in as much detail as you might like. With JEP 358, Goetz Lindemaier and Ralf Schmelter propose a solution to this problem.

Kotlin's taking more and more of Java's Android share

Kotlin gnaws at Java’s throne

The rise of Kotlin has been meteoric, and a new report sheds some light on Android developers’ preferences. In this article, we take a look at the recent history of Kotlin and trace its growth over the last couple of years, look at the state of Kotlin today, and then look briefly to the future. Will Kotlin eat more of Java’s share or will Java remain king of the hill?