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  • Android Studio 4.2 Includes Latest IntelliJ IDEA and Improves Developer Experience

    The latest release of Android Studio brings its IntelliJ IDEA platform up-to-date and introduces a number of features aimed at improving developer experience. Android Studio 4.2 also includes a migration assistant to make it easier for developers to upgrade their projects and take advantage of the latest Android Gradle Plugin API.

  • JetBrains Releases IntelliJ IDEA 2021.1

    JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2021.1 featuring support for Java 16, a new preview feature that instantly renders HTML changes, and support for WSL 2. is supported and it’s possible to run applications on Docker, WSL 2, or via SSH. Various other improvements include support for Docker, Kubernetes, Kotlin, Git and others.

  • Gradle 7.0 Released with Support for JDK 16

    Gradle, the customizable open source build automation tool, has released version 7 with support for JDK 16, faster incremental builds, improved build reliability, and native support for new Macs with Apple Silicon processors. Preview features like dependency verification and support for Java Module System, introduced in previous releases, have been promoted as stable features.

  • The Road to Kotlin 1.5

    JetBrains has released Kotlin 1.4.30 with new experimental features that are planned to be stable for Kotlin 1.5. Considered the last incremental version of Kotlin 1.4.x, these new features include a new JVM internal representation (IR) compiler backend, support for Java records and sealed interfaces, and configuration cache support for the Kotlin Gradle Plugin.

  • Convert Spring Boot Apps to GraalVM with Spring Native Beta

    Spring has released Spring Native Beta, a new tool to convert existing Spring Boot applications, written in Java or Kotlin, to GraalVM native images. The goal is to support Spring Boot applications on Spring Native. GraalVM native images are small, optimized and boot quickly. The tradeoffs, however, are longer build times and fewer runtime optimizations compared to the JVM.

  • JFrog to Shut down JCenter and Bintray

    JFrog has announced that it is shutting down the Bintray asset hosting service, which includes the JCenter Java repository, often used by Gradle and Android builds. Uploads to Bintray will be blocked at the end of the month, and assets will be unavailable for download after the end of April, and deleted shortly afterwards. Read on to find out what this means for your Java build pipelines.

  • The Long Road to Groovy 3.0 Featuring Their New and Improved Parser

    The Apache Foundation has released version 3.0 of Groovy, with new features including: a new parser, package namespace changes, an enhanced Elvis operator, and support for Java syntax such as the do/while loop, array initialization, lambdas, and method references. Paul King, principal software engineer at Object Computing (OCI) and Groovy committer, spoke to InfoQ about this latest release.

  • Gradle 6 Brings Significant Dependency Management Improvements

    Gradle, the customizable open source build automation tool, has released version 6.0 with significant improvements to dependency management, out of the box support for javadoc and source jars, and faster incremental compilation of Java and Groovy code. In addition, the latest release 6.1.1 supports a relocatable dependency cache for speeding up ephemeral CI builds.

  • Gradle Releases Version 4.7 with Support for Java 10

    Gradle has released version 4.7 of their polyglot build tool with a host of new features including support for Java 10, incremental annotation processing, improved console logs, and new pre-compiled script plugins for Kotlin DSL.

  • Gradle 4.2 Is Released

    Gradle recently released version 4.2 of their popular build tool, featuring some major additions.

  • Introducing Gradle Build Scans

    At the Gradle Summit Conference this year, Gradle formally introduced the Build Scan tool, part of their new Cloud Services, for collaborating with project build information with developers. InfoQ spoke to Chris Beams, director of marketing at Gradle, about Gradle Cloud Services and build scans.

  • Gradle Releases Version 3.0 of Their Polyglot Build Tool

    Gradle announced a milestone version 3.0 release of their polyglot build tool that offers Gradle Cloud Services, an improved Gradle Daemon, improved IDE support, and initial support for Java 9.

  • ZeroTurnaround Releases RebelLabs Developer Productivity Report

    Today, ZeroTurnaround's RebelLabs released their biannual developer productivity report, which asked over 2000 respondents what their tools of the trade were. InfoQ has been given access to the report and summarises its findings.

  • Gradle 2.5 Does Continuous Builds

    Gradle 2.5 has been announced this month including a number of incubating features, such as Continuous Builds, Dependency Substitution Rules, Progress Events, Google Tests, and others.

  • Grails 3.0: Built on Spring Boot and Gradle

    The Grails team released Grails 3.0, a complete rewrite of the popular MVC framework now based on Spring Boot. Grails 3.0 contains a number of new features including Groovy 2.4 and Android support, Spring 4.1, and Gradle replacing the old Gant-build system.

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