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Company News : Alliance between Gradle and JetBrains
on 2016/5/19 11:30:21 (765 reads)
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Why is this important? Historically, build automation has relied on simplistic shell scripts or inflexible XML files. This no longer works. In the age of Continuous Delivery and DevOps, builds have become a full-fledged engineering discipline. Today, a product’s build is mission-critical; it automates and assembles, connects, tests, packages and—in many cases—deploys or ships that product. As such, the design, implementation and maintainability of build code demands first-class treatment. Today, Gradle is taking the next step in elevating the discipline of build automation by supporting writing Gradle builds in Kotlin—a modern, pragmatic, and statically-typed language developed by JetBrains. The result for Gradle users will be best-in-class usability and performance, and deep IDE support in IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse—including refactoring, symbol navigation, code completion and content assist.

A majority of enterprises are already using Gradle to build and deliver mission-critical software written in dozens of programming languages and platforms including Java, Android, C, C++, Python, Kotlin, Groovy, Scala, Hadoop and many more. Gradle is the new market leader for build automation, with 10.4 million direct downloads in 2015, and is growing fast with nearly 2 million new direct downloads per month in 2016. Because Gradle is a core part of Google’s Android Studio IDE (based on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA), virtually every Android developer also uses Gradle. The fact that Google chose both JetBrains and Gradle Inc. for Android tooling further validates IntelliJ IDEA and Gradle as world-class technologies.

“The ultimate goal of Kotlin is to make developers' lives easier, and we’re excited to partner with a great product like Gradle on this mission.” said Andrey Breslav, Kotlin team lead at JetBrains. “Together we’ll create a unique experience to the benefit of Gradle’s many users.” 

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