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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 11.9K GitHub stars and 3.5K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Gradle's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Gradle?

952 companies reportedly use Gradle in their tech stacks, including Netflix, Udemy, and Lyft.

6755 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Gradle.

Gradle Integrations

SonarQube, Buddy, Liquibase, 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.
Pros of Gradle
Easy to use
Groovy dsl
Slow build time
Crazy memory leaks
Fast incremental builds
Kotlin DSL
Windows Support
Decisions about Gradle

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

Joshua Dean K√ľpper
CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 2 upvotes · 222.7K 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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Hajed Khlifi
Shared insights
Java EE

Hi, I'm working on dockerizing a heavy Java EE application where the process of installation requires a complex process maintained by a Gradle project we've developed to install, configure and customize specific jar files to generate a runnable server application at the end for the user. I'm new to Docker. As I said, the problem is that we have got a long process to install the app. The first alternative pop into my head is to put the installer Gradle project in the docker image and manage stateful data using the writable layer (in this case, I need to add Gradle too and the writable layer will be too heavy). Any advice! Thank you

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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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Gradle's Followers
5646 developers follow Gradle to keep up with related blogs and decisions.