Welcome to the January Newsletter!
Gradle 4.5 was released, and features:
- Faster up-to-date checks
- Memory usage optimizations
- Stable build cache support for C and C++
- Kotlin DSL v0.14
- Signing artifacts with
Here’s a 42-second video demonstrating what’s new in Gradle 4.5.
Experimental new C++ plugins
In addition to recent improvements to incremental compilation and build caching for C and C++, Gradle is proud to introduce 4 new experimental C++ plugins for building and testing native projects. From the introductory blog post:
The plugins will eventually replace the software model plugins and take advantage of many new features baked into Gradle core, such as a rich dependency management engine, build cache, composite builds, finer grained parallel execution, build scans, and more.
The post also shows samples for:
- Building C++ libraries with the
- Testing with Google Test and XCTest with the
- XCode integration with the
- Running C++ applications with the
Your feedback would be very helpful as we stabilize these new plugins. Please try the plugins out and file issues in the gradle-native repository.
Fresh new docs
You shared your thoughts on Gradle documentation, and now it’s time to show you some of the improvements based on your feedback.
- More examples and use-case oriented docs on dependency management, the Gradle wrapper, command-line interface, and other popular topics.
- Improved navigation showing where you are and linking to other areas of the documentation.
- Mobile-friendliness and faster page speed.
- “Edit this page” link that makes it easy to suggest changes.
There is still a ways to go. Please continue to file issues and let us know what would make Gradle easier to understand and use. A special “thank you” to those who’ve helped out by using the “Edit this page” links.
Community posts and projects
- Mastering Gradle caching and incremental builds — In this post, Fedor Korotkov explains how Gradle caching works and how you can make builds much faster using Gradle’s new build cache.
- Using Java 9 modularization to ship zero-dependency native apps — Steve Perkins shows an example native application built using Java 9 modules and
- Annotation processing with apt and Gradle in Eclipse — Part of an extensive tutorial for using Gradle with Eclipse, this section walks you through Gradle configuration for efficient use of the AutoValue annotation processor.
- Building Go projects made easy with Gradle — In this talk, Benjamin Muschko discusses how Gradle can streamline Go project builds.
- Gradle scripts for Kotlin lovers — A primer for adopting Gradle Kotlin DSL, providing guidelines, examples, and lessons learned.
- Gradle Initializr — A web-based Gradle project generator. Supports various project types, DSLs, and Gradle versions.
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Upcoming online training
- Feb 13-16: Advanced Gradle Fundamentals for Java/JVM
- Mar 13-14: Introduction to Gradle
- Anytime: Maximizing Developer Productivity with Gradle Enterprise
Until next time!
—The Gradle Build Tool Team