UAH-5130 Switching to Gradle: maturity, performance, and pleasure! | Devoxx

Devoxx Belgium 2018
from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018.

   Switching to Gradle: maturity, performance, and pleasure!

Deep Dive

Methodology & Culture
Methodology & Culture
Beginner & novice level
Room 9 Monday from 09:30 til 12:30

You've heard about Gradle for a long time. Now you're curious, but don't know where to start. It is worth switching?

The objective of this session is to give you a strong introduction to Gradle, demonstrating that it's both a modern and mature build tool.

First and foremost: user interactions: any developer will have interaction with the build tool. We will show how to take advantage of the task based model of Gradle and how to get feedback from your builds as fast as possible.

We will then demonstrate the major advantages of Gradle:

  • Conventions and base plugins
  • Incrementality (tasks, builds)
  • Advanced configuration
  • Dependency management
  • IDE integration

Last but not least, we will show how to setup a distributed cache, which allows to dramatically reduce build durations, both on CI and locally!

After this session, you will have all the prerequisites to understand what Gradle can provide to you, how its model differs from other build tool, how to improve your build times, or simply improve the quality of your software by defining a build and release process with high quality standards.

Gradle   build automation   Continuous Delivery   Continuous Integration   caching  
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Cédric Champeau
Cédric Champeau
From Gradle, Inc

Cédric Champeau is a software engineer at Gradle, Inc. , where he is currently focused on implementing next generation dependency management features. He also worked on improving the performance of the build tool. He is committer of Apache Groovy and spent more than 3 years developing full time the language at Pivotal, where he implemented features like the static compiler, traits, Android support, AST transformations or type checking extensions.

Prior to that, he spent several years in the industry as a user, where he used Groovy in multiple industrial contexts including DSLs for natural language processing, scripting or even workflows.


Louis Jacomet
Louis Jacomet
From Gradle, Inc.

Louis Jacomet has been perfecting his knowledge of Java for more than 15 years. Always a developer at heart, his role evolved over the last years to include technical team leading, coaching and some management. In addition to the bits and bytes, Louis is interested in people management skills mandatory to create a productive project team. To complete the buzzword bingo, Louis is interested in agile practices for the visibility, communication and result orientation it promotes. After working remotely from Belgium for Terracotta, with a focus on Ehcache, Louis is now part of the Gradle build tool team.


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