Welcome to the May 2021 Gradle Build Tool newsletter.
This issue covers news from the community, the latest releases of Gradle Build Tool, and updates on the JCenter shutdown and Gradle Fellowship program.
From the Community
- Gradle 7.0 Released with Support for JDK 16 - summarizes new features in Gradle 7.0
- Gradle: Version Catalogs - describes the new central declaration of dependencies feature in Gradle 7.0
- What’s New in Android Gradle Plugin - discusses what’s new in Android Gradle Plugin 7.0 (from Google I/O)
- Top Gradle 7 Features & Improvements - discusses how to get the most out of Gradle 7
- Shadow Plugin 7.0.0 adds support for Gradle 7
From Gradle Team
JCenter Shutdown Update
JCenter is now read-only, but JFrog has decided to keep JCenter as a read-only repository indefinitely. No new packages can be published to JCenter and all Bintray services have been shut down.
We still recommend that you reduce your dependency on JCenter as the latest versions of packages will be migrating to other repositories. See our blog post for more information.
Gradle Fellowship Program Update
The Gradle Fellowship program also gained two new members, Hubert Klein Ikkink, also known as mrhaki, and Tony Robalik. They joined the group previously consisting of Björn Kautler, Schalk Cronjé, James Justinic, and Lance Semmens.
It will take a while for everyone to upgrade to the latest major Gradle 7.0 release. In order to bring some of the improvements sooner to users that can’t upgrade to Gradle 7.0 yet, we released Gradle 6.9 backport release.
Gradle 6.9 backports limited support for Java 16, dynamic versions in the plugins block, and native support for Apple Silicon. See release notes for details.
The latest Gradle 7.0.2 release fixes several regressions reported against Gradle 7.0 including an issue causing crashes in certain scenarios. As always, we recommend using the latest patch release. See the full list of fixed issues against Gradle 7.0.1 and Gradle 7.0.2 for details.
Android Studio 4.2
Android Studio 4.2 has been released. This release bundles JDK 11 instead of JDK 8, reduces Gradle sync time, adds the new Upgrade Assistant for Gradle, and uses Java 8 language level by default in the Android Gradle plugin. See Android Studio release notes and Android Gradle plugin release notes for details.
This is the final release to follow the old version numbering scheme. The next Android Studio release will be 2020.3.1 Arctic Fox and the Android Gradle Plugin will be 7.0.
Make sure to use the latest patch release Android Studio 4.2.1 that includes a number of fixes.
IntelliJ IDEA 2021.1.1
IntelliJ IDEA 2021.1.1 has been released. It fixes an important issue with the working directory configuration that affected many Gradle users in IDEA 2021.1. See the blog post for details.
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—The Gradle Build Tool Team