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What is Gradle?

Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
Gradle is a tool in the Java Build Tools category of a tech stack.
Gradle is an open source tool with 10.8K GitHub stars and 3.1K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Gradle's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Gradle?

817 companies reportedly use Gradle in their tech stacks, including Netflix, Lyft, and HENNGE.

4885 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Gradle.

Gradle Integrations

SonarQube, Liquibase, Buddy, Flyway, and Bitrise are some of the popular tools that integrate with Gradle. Here's a list of all 32 tools that integrate with Gradle.
Public Decisions about Gradle

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Gradle in their tech stack.

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We use Apache Maven because it is a standard. Gradle is very good alternative, but Gradle doesn't provide any advantage for our project. Gradle is slower (without running daemon), need more resources and a learning curve is quite big. Our project can not use a great flexibility of Gradle. On the other hand, Maven is well-know tool integrated in many IDEs, Dockers and so on.

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Alex A
Alex A

Some may wonder why did we choose Grails ? Really good question :) We spent quite some time to evaluate what framework to go with and the battle was between Play Scala and Grails ( Groovy ). We have enough experience with both and, to be honest, I absolutely in love with Scala; however, the tipping point for us was the potential speed of development. Grails allows much faster development pace than Play , and as of right now this is the most important parameter. We might convert later though. Also, worth mentioning, by default Grails comes with Gradle as a build tool, so why change?

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Joshua Dean KĂĽpper
Joshua Dean KĂĽpper
CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 2 upvotes · 172.9K views

All Java-Projects are compiled using Apache Maven. We prefer it over Apache Ant and Gradle as it combines lightweightness with feature-richness and offers basically all we can imagine from a software project-management tool and more. We're open however to re-evaluate this decision in favor of Gradle or Bazel in the future if we feel like we're missing out on anything.

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At the heart of Uber’s mobile app development are four primary apps: Android rider, Android driver, iOS rider, and iOS driver. Android developers build in Java, iOS in Objective C and Swift. Engineers across both platforms land code into a monolithic code base that ships each week.

They use some third-party libraries, but often build their own, since “Many open source libraries available are general-purpose, which can create binary bloat. For mobile engineering, every kilobyte matters.”

On Android, the build system is Gradle. For the UI, Butter Knife binds views and callbacks to fields and methods via annotation processing, and Picasso provides image loading.

As for iOS, all of the code lives in a monorepo built with Buck. For crash detection, KSCrash reports crashes to the internal reporting framework.

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Midhun Harikumar
Midhun Harikumar
Senior Associate at Cognizant Technology Solutions · | 1 upvotes · 48.6K views
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This app uses SQLite to store internal data and is superfast, especially good to use with Android JetPack framework like Room. Gradle is good for managing the dependencies and Groovy script enables some advanced configuration.

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All 20+ micro-services that power Cirrus CI are living in a single mono repository. Gradle is using for testing and building Docker containers for all services. Gradle

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Gradle's Features

  • Declarative builds and build-by-convention
  • Language for dependency based programming
  • Structure your build
  • Deep API
  • Gradle scales
  • Multi-project builds
  • Many ways to manage your dependencies
  • Gradle is the first build integration tool

Gradle Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Gradle?
Apache Ant
Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.
In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
Groovy builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk. It makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve.
Apache Maven
Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google's software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google's development environment.
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