Welcome to the December 2021 Gradle Build Tool newsletter.
This edition covers the community news, the new major release of Gradle Enterprise, patch releases for both Gradle Build Tool and Gradle Enterprise, and an update on the critical Log4j vulnerability affecting Gradle users.
From the Community
- Publishing Version Catalog - describes how to publish and share version catalogs
- Reuse Gradle Build Cache on GitLab - describes how to speed up CI builds on GitLab
- Bytecode Transformations: The Android Gradle Plugin - discusses different approaches to bytecode manipulation with the Android Gradle plugin
- Difference Between Gradle Test and Check - explains the difference between the test task and the check lifecycle task
- New videos from the Understanding Gradle series about aggregating custom artifacts and settings plugins
- GitHub Actions for Gradle Projects - explains how to set up GitHub actions in Gradle projects
- With These 5 Gradle Benefits You’ll Never Use Maven Again - discusses major benefits of Gradle compared to Maven
From Gradle Team
Critical Vulnerability in Log4j
A critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability has been identified in the popular Apache Log4j logging library, affecting a very large number of JVM-based systems.
Your project may be affected by this vulnerability. The Gradle Build Tool itself is not vulnerable. Gradle Enterprise has been affected and an upgrade is strongly recommended.
New Build Scan™ Bite-Sized Video Series
Our Build Scan “bite-sized” video series will guide you through each section of a Build Scan and help you understand the functionality more deeply. Small clips have been created that walk you through the Build Scan and introduce you to its many useful features. Use the series for quick reference or to learn more about the tool.
Gradle Build Tool 7.3.2
The Gradle Build Tool 7.3.2 patch release provides several non-critical mitigations for the Log4j vulnerability in Gradle builds. See also the full list of fixed issues.
Gradle Enterprise 2021.4
Gradle Enterprise 2021.4 features a preview of the upcoming Predictive Test Selection functionality, in the form of a simulator that shows the potential build acceleration for your projects. Predictive Test Selection intelligently reduces build times by skipping tests that are very unlikely to provide useful feedback for a change.
This release also features Build Scans for the Bazel build tool - a build tool based on Google’s internal build system - further expanding the build tools supported by Gradle Enterprise.
See the release notes for details.
Gradle Enterprise 2021.3.8
Gradle Enterprise and related components (Test Distribution Agent and Build Cache Node) have all been updated to address the critical Log4j vulnerability. An upgrade is strongly encouraged.
See the security advisory for details.
Intellij IDEA 2021.3
Intellij IDEA 2021.3 has been released. It improves handling of composite builds, allows debugging for additional types of files like settings and init scripts, and improves WSL2 support. This release also adds support for remote development (in beta) and other new features. See the blog post for details.
If you share our passion for developer productivity and tooling, learn more about our globally distributed team and check out our job openings at gradle.com/careers. We are looking for new team members including software engineers, solutions engineers, developer productivity engineers, a data scientist, an application security engineer, and a developer advocate.
We are also looking for someone to improve and maintain the technical documentation of Gradle Build Tool. See the new technical writer job posting.
- Jan 3 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pacific Time, US): Gradle Build Cache Deep Dive Training
- Jan 14 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Pacific Time, US): Introduction to Developer Productivity Engineering
- Jan 18-19 08:30 am - 12:30 pm (Pacific Time, US): Introduction to Gradle Build Tool Training
See the Gradle Training webpage for an up-to-date list of all upcoming educational and training events.
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Until next time!
—The Gradle Build Tool Team