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October 2017

Welcome to the October Newsletter!

Winter is coming (or just ended, perhaps), and the crisp air isn’t the only thing to enjoy this time of year. It’s been an especially active month with lots of new releases, community news, and events. Let’s dive in!

First, we’d like to congratulate the Android SDK Tools team on shipping Android Studio 3.0! Among other things, this brings massive performance improvements to Android Gradle builds through variant-aware dependency management, better parallelism, and use of Gradle’s new build cache. Don’t take our word for it though: see what the Twitter, The New York Times, and other Android teams are saying.

One of the fastest ways to learn how to migrate to 3.0.0 is join us at .droidconSF next week. Hans Dockter, Gradle CEO, is teaming up with César Puerta, Tech Lead for Twitter Android, to talk about Optimizing Android Build Performance. Members of Gradle engineering will be at the Gradle booth offering advice for your builds as well.

#DCSF17

You can get $50 off .droidconSF registration using this link.

The Android SDK Tools team aren’t the only ones shipping lots recently. The Gradle team has some exciting updates as well: Gradle Enterprise 2017.6 features finer grained build cache access control, heavily-optimized build scan storage, a more polished build scan UI, and more.

Gradle 4.3 Cached C++ Compilation

It’s never been easier to get started with Gradle Enterprise as you can now run Gradle Enterprise on Windows, macOS and Linux with no fuss by using the virtual machine image provided when you start a free trial. In addition to the regular interactive Gradle Enterprise training course that we previously offered, we also now provide free access to a pre-recorded version of the training that can be viewed on demand.

There’s been lots of community activity around Java 9 modules this month, so here’s the highlights:

  • First, Chainsaw, a fork of Gradle’s experimental-jigsaw plugin, that aims to further improve first-class support of Java 9 modules, with conveniences for module naming, patching, and testing.
  • Next up, java9c, a new Gradle plugin that detects package conflicts (aka “split packages”) to ease Java 9 modules adoption.
  • The JUnit team has developed a JUnit 5 + Java 9 engine example that demonstrates how to write and register a custom TestEngine implementation with Java 9 and Gradle.
  • Finally, we published our own article about the State of Gradle Java 9 Support that touches on runtime support, cross-compilation, MRJARs, and Jigsaw modules support.

Finally, the Gradle team is proud to announce the availability of Gradle 4.3, which features experimental build cache support for C and C++ compilation, --scan integration, Kotlin DSL v0.12, and much more.

Until next time!

The Gradle Team

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