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Gradle Newsletter
May 2018

Welcome to the Gradle Newsletter!

This issue covers 2 big Gradle releases: Gradle Enterprise 2018.2 and Gradle 4.7, a post on quantifying the costs of builds, and new Gradle docs and guides.

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Gradle Enterprise 2018.2

Gradle Enterprise 2018.2 introduces 3 substantial new tools for build performance and debugging.

  1. Build performance dashboard that provides insights across all builds
  2. Preemptive build cache replication for faster build cache hits
  3. Console logging per task in build scans

These features and more described in the Gradle Enterprise 2018.2 release notes.

By the way, if you’re curious what Gradle Enterprise is or how it works, you can watch Gradle CEO Hans Dockter demonstrate it in this video.

Gradle 4.7

Another featureful release, Gradle 4.7 includes:

  • Incremental annotation processor APIs
  • Java 10 runtime support
  • Grouped non-interactive console logs
  • Re-run failed tests first for quicker feedback
  • Kotlin DSL v0.16, featuring new pre-compiled script plugins

Read the full release notes for examples and other features.

Quantifying the Costs of Builds

In another visionary piece, Hans Dockter calculates how a typical engineering team of 200 could save over a million dollars by improving their build time by 2.5 minutes.

This post is meant to provide a model on how to calculate the costs of your builds and the return you get on improving it.

You can read the full breakdown in the blog post on quantifying the costs of builds.

Further improved Gradle docs

Last but not least, we hope you find these new Gradle docs and tutorials useful:

Your continued feedback is welcome; stay tuned for more updates.

Upcoming online training

Until next time!

The Gradle Team


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