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Gradle Newsletter
January 2018

Welcome to the January Newsletter!

Happy new year from the Gradle Team! In this issue, we’ll cover what’s new in Gradle 4.5, experimental new C++ plugins for Gradle, and some fresh new Gradle docs.

Gradle 4.5

Gradle 4.5 was released, and features:

  • Faster up-to-date checks
  • Memory usage optimizations
  • Stable build cache support for C and C++
  • Kotlin DSL v0.14
  • Signing artifacts with gpg-agent

Here’s a 42-second video demonstrating what’s new in Gradle 4.5.

Experimental new C++ plugins

In addition to recent improvements to incremental compilation and build caching for C and C++, Gradle is proud to introduce 4 new experimental C++ plugins for building and testing native projects. From the introductory blog post:

The plugins will eventually replace the software model plugins and take advantage of many new features baked into Gradle core, such as a rich dependency management engine, build cache, composite builds, finer grained parallel execution, build scans, and more.

The post also shows samples for:

  • Building C++ libraries with the cpp-library plugin
  • Testing with Google Test and XCTest with the cpp-unit-test plugin
  • XCode integration with the xcode plugin
  • Running C++ applications with the cpp-application Plugin

Your feedback would be very helpful as we stabilize these new plugins. Please try the plugins out and file issues in the gradle-native repository.

Fresh new docs

You shared your thoughts on Gradle documentation, and now it’s time to show you some of the improvements based on your feedback.

  • More examples and use-case oriented docs on dependency management, the Gradle wrapper, command-line interface, and other popular topics.
  • Improved navigation showing where you are and linking to other areas of the documentation.
  • Mobile-friendliness and faster page speed.
  • “Edit this page” link that makes it easy to suggest changes.

There is still a ways to go. Please continue to file issues and let us know what would make Gradle easier to understand and use. A special “thank you” to those who’ve helped out by using the “Edit this page” links.

Community posts and projects

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Upcoming online training

Until next time!

The Gradle Team


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