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Something to Consider as Java Tops the Programming Charts

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The following is a contributed article from Dennis Chu of Coverity: Something to Consider as Java Tops the Programming Charts By Dennis Chu, Senior Product Manager, Coverity For development teams, it may be obvious: Java is one of the top programming languages today. Approximately 9 million developers are currently working in Java; it’s said to be running on three billion ...

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Specifying Gradle Build Properties

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Properties are a valuable tool for easily customizing Gradle builds and the Gradle environment. I demonstrate some of these approaches for specifying properties used in a Gradle build in this post. Gradle supports both project properties and system properties. The main difference between the two that is of interest in this post is how each is accessed. Project properties are ...

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The Gradle Interface: Gradle Build Metadata

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As I’ve shown in previous posts such as “Identifying Gradle Conventions” and “Evolving Gradle Build from Ant Build: Importing Ant Build File“, significant information about a Gradle build can be gleaned by accessing Gradle’s APIs via Groovy. In this post, I look demonstrate accessing basic Gradle build details via the Gradle interface. The org.gradle.api.invocation.Gradle interface is accessible in the Gradle ...

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Differentiating Ant Target-Based Gradle Tasks

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In my blog post Evolving Gradle Build from Ant Build: Importing Ant Build File, I demonstrated using Gradle‘s built-in AntBuilder-based Ant support to import Ant targets in a Gradle build. These Ant targets can then be accessed as Gradle tasks and appear the same as tasks introduced directly by the Gradle build. In this post, I look at using Groovy ...

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Evolving Gradle Build from Ant Build: Importing Ant Build File

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Changing the build system on a large project can be difficult and a lot of work. Fortunately for those migrating Ant builds to Gradle builds, Gradle provides particularly convenient mechanisms to facilitate this migration. Because Gradle is built on Groovy and Groovy includes built-in Ant support via AntBuilder, Gradle builds can use AntBuilder to call Ant tasks and run Ant ...

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Identifying Gradle Conventions

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Configuration by convention has many advantages, especially in terms of conciseness because developers do not need to explicitly configure things that are implicitly configured through convention. When taking advantage of configuration by convention, however, one needs to be aware of the conventions. These conventions might be documented, but I always like it when I can programmatically determine the conventions because ...

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Significant Software Development Developments of 2013

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At the end of each calendar year, I like to summarize some of the most significant developments in the software development industry that happened during the year that is ending. The choice of these is entirely subjective and obviously colored by my own experience, background, perceptions, and preferences. Not worrying about the opinionated content of such a post, I now ...

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Closing 2013 with Core Java Posts

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As 2013 starts drawing to a close, I have recently spotted several posts related to what I consider “core Java” knowledge appearing. This post is a listing of three posts and a forum with brief descriptions of these. I have two purposes in doing this: (1) to help others be aware of the existence of these fine posts and (2) ...

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Simple Gradle Java Plugin Customization

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As I demonstrated in the post A First Look at Building Java with Gradle, Gradle is particularly concise and easy to apply to the basics of building a Java application when one uses the Java plugin and places files and directories where this plugin expects them (convention-based project layout). However, it is not always possible to have a structure (especially ...

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Searching Subversion Logs with Groovy

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There are times when I want to quickly search a Subversion repository by author, by range of revisions, and/or by commit messages. Krzysztof Kotowicz has posted the blog post Grep Subversion log messages with svn-grep that introduces svn-grep, a bash script making use of the command line XML toolkit called xmlstarlet (xmlstarlet is also available on Windows). This is a ...

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