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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.

What is 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.

What is Pants?

Pants is a build system for Java, Scala and Python. It works particularly well for a source code repository that contains many distinct projects.


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    What are the cons of using Gradle?
    Downsides of Gradle?

    What are the cons of using Apache Maven?
    Downsides of Apache Maven?

    What are the cons of using Pants?
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    What companies use Gradle?
    374 companies on StackShare use Gradle
    What companies use Apache Maven?
    278 companies on StackShare use Apache Maven
    What companies use Pants?
    3 companies on StackShare use Pants


    What tools integrate with Gradle?
    11 tools on StackShare integrate with Gradle
    What tools integrate with Apache Maven?
    10 tools on StackShare integrate with Apache Maven
    No integrations listed yet

    What are some alternatives to Gradle, Apache Maven, and Pants?

    • Sonatype Nexus - The world's best way to organize, store, and distribute software components
    • Apache Ant - Java based build tool
    • Bazel - Correct, reproducible, fast builds for everyone
    • JitPack - JitPack builds GitHub Gradle and Maven projects on demand and provides ready-to-use packages

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