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Gradle Newsletter
November 2021

Welcome to the November 2021 Gradle Build Tool newsletter.

This edition covers the community news and new releases of Gradle, Gradle GitHub Action 2.0, and Kotlin.

From the Community

Blog Posts




From Gradle Team

Automatic Feedback on Plugin Publication

The newly introduced automated approval checks provide faster feedback for plugin authors publishing their plugins to the Plugin Portal with less risk of human errors. See Automatic Feedback on Plugin Publication blog post for more details.

Gradle Releases

Gradle 7.3

Gradle 7.3 has been released. It brings declarative test suites in JVM projects so that you can conveniently define groups of tests such as unit tests, integration tests, and functional tests. The file system watching performance optimization is now more robust and automatically verifies the reliability of the underlying file system events. This release also adds support for running on and building with Java 17. See the release notes for more details and full list of improvements.

Gradle GitHub Action 2.0

The new major version of the GitHub Action for Gradle brings significant performance and usability improvements. See the release notes for details.

We recommend our official GitHub action as the best way to invoke Gradle from a GitHub actions workflow, as it offers several benefits over invoking Gradle directly.

Other Releases

Kotlin 1.6

Kotlin 1.6.0 has been released. It introduces Kover, a new Gradle plugin that measures code coverage for Kotlin code. See the blog post for details.

However, in case you use compiler plugins, we recommend postponing the upgrade until the newly introduced incremental compilation issue is fixed in an upcoming patch release.


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Upcoming Events

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Until next time!

The Gradle Team


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