Andrew Oberstar

Gradle > Sliced Bread

December 20, 2012

I'm not really convinced that sliced bread is that much of an improvement over uncut bread, but Gradle is definitely better. Considering how much I've been using Gradle over the last 2 years, I'm surprised I haven't written anything about it yet.

Let's start with the basics. Gradle is a build automation tool, primarily supporting JVM languages (e.g. Java, Groovy, Scala). You may be familiar with Ant and Maven, the two previous behemoths in the Java build space, but for those who don't know:

Gradle comes in with the benefit of seeing the success and failures of both Ant and Maven ending up with a philosophy of starting declarative, but giving you the option to easily throw in extra logic as needed.

I'm not going to bother with simple examples, since you can easily find beginner tutorials on Gradle's website and elsewhere. This post can at least serve as a high-level introduction to why you might want to look at Gradle and, hopefully, I will be posting some more on this topic in the future.

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