Last month we took an informal survey of possible meeting topics. One of the more popular requests was Gradle. Fortunately for us, Matt Payne of the Omaha Java User Group knows a thing or two about this topic.
Gradle combines the power and flexibility of Ant with the dependency management and conventions of Maven into a more effective way to build. Powered by a Groovy DSL and packed with innovation, Gradle provides a declarative way to describe all kinds of builds through sensible defaults. Gradle is quickly becoming the build system of choice for many open source projects, leading edge enterprises and legacy automation challenges.