October 24, 2020

Gradle 6.7 releases: automation building tools

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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, it offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites. It has been designed to support build automation across multiple languages and platforms including Java, Scala, Android, C/C++, and Groovy, and is closely integrated with development tools and continuous integration servers including Eclipse, IntelliJ, and Jenkins.

Gradle

  • Highly customizable — Gradle is modeled in a way that customizable and extensible in the most fundamental ways.
  • Fast — Gradle completes tasks quickly by reusing outputs from previous executions, processing only inputs that changed, and executing tasks in parallel.
  • Powerful — Gradle is the official build tool for Android, and comes with support for many popular languages and technologies.

Changelog v6.7

This release continues on the series of performance improvements, particularly for incremental builds. File system watching introduced in Gradle 6.5 is now ready for production use. You can expect up to 20% build speed improvements in large projects after turning this feature on. Additionally, the experimental configuration cache has been improved to make troubleshooting easier for early adopters.

This release introduces Java toolchain support that makes it much easier to build JVM projects using a different version of Java than the one Gradle is running on. Starting with this release, Gradle itself can also run on Java 15.

New dependency management features in this release include support for compile only API dependencies, the ability to ignore selected dependencies in dependency locking and version ranges in repository content filtering.

This release also includes several general improvements including improved gradle init taskbetter documentation and new samples.

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