Gradle vs Jenkins: What are the differences?
What is Gradle? A powerful build system for the JVM. 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.
What is Jenkins? An extendable open source continuous integration server. 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.
Gradle belongs to "Java Build Tools" category of the tech stack, while Jenkins can be primarily classified under "Continuous Integration".
Some of the features offered by Gradle are:
- Declarative builds and build-by-convention
- Language for dependency based programming
- Structure your build
On the other hand, Jenkins provides the following key features:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
"Flexibility" is the primary reason why developers consider Gradle over the competitors, whereas "Hosted internally" was stated as the key factor in picking Jenkins.
Gradle and Jenkins are both open source tools. Jenkins with 13.3K GitHub stars and 5.48K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Gradle with 9.23K GitHub stars and 2.7K GitHub forks.
Facebook, Netflix, and Instacart are some of the popular companies that use Jenkins, whereas Gradle is used by Netflix, Lyft, and 9GAG. Jenkins has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1774 company stacks & 1526 developers stacks; compared to Gradle, which is listed in 465 company stacks and 360 developer stacks.
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