Version 1.7 of the build tool Gradle was released on August 6th 2013. The release notes list many changes of this release compared to Gradle 1.6.
As you can read in the release notes, Gradle 1.7 will speed up our builds:
- Dependency resolution is now faster (improving many aspects of most builds).
- Test execution is now faster (particularly for tests that generate a lot of logging output).
- Build script compilation is much faster (75% faster than Gradle 1.6).
- Parallel execution mode is now faster.
In the area “ease of use”, Gradle 1.7 provides many improvements as:
- The build-setup plugin can now create skeletons for different project-types (e.g. java library) or import existing ones (e.g. maven projects)
- Finalizer tasks to define tasks to run after other tasks have finished
- The gradle wrapper is now generated based on the currently used Gradle version without the need to change your build script