Gradle in NetBeans IDE 7.3 Beta

Installed Attila Kelemen's Gradle plugin in NetBeans IDE 7.3 Beta today:

Not only can existing Gradle projects now be opened, i.e., any folder with a build.gradle file:

...but single Gradle projects as well as multi module Gradle projects can be created:

What you see below is the result of using the "Gradle Root Project" template once, followed by the "Gradle Subproject" twice within the folder where the root project was created:

Pretty cool stuff. Where's the documentation for the plugin? Here:

Read it, some handy tips and tricks are provided there.


And now all we need is a port of the Netbeans Platform build harness/stuff/magic ;-)

Posted by Christian on October 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM PDT #

+1 - that would be awesome

Posted by Sven Reimers on October 07, 2012 at 08:42 AM PDT #

Very well, provided that you like or need Gradle. I don't see much advantages over Ant - to the contrary I wouldn't want to debug a badly written gradle script. Or is Ant already a 'Niche' ? ;)

Posted by ktn on October 08, 2012 at 03:14 AM PDT #

Yes, ktn, indeed. If you don't like Gradle, then you probably shouldn't use the Gradle plugin.

Posted by Geertjan on October 08, 2012 at 03:36 AM PDT #

Yes,ktn the old we don't want innovation or more powerful abstractions as some people might misuse them argument.
Thousands of build scripts were written using proper scripting languages long before xml and ant were a twinkle in someone's eye.
Btw , the plugin is starting to look the part. It is already a better product than that provided by eclipse spring tools.
Please keep up with the good development work.
Context sensitive help in the build files with links to the gradle documentation would help.

Posted by dougj on October 08, 2012 at 12:22 PM PDT #

This plugin is very usefull!!, i happy for the news that plugin is continued in netbeans 7.3.
Recently i testing de gradle plugin in eclipse and is unusable and less intuitive to use. The gradle netbeans plugin es much better!! I tested in netbeans 7.2 for a week and i very happy with this.
Thanks a lot for the work!

greetings from Uruguay.

Posted by guest on October 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM PDT #

Great work, thanks.

Posted by kospiotr on October 10, 2013 at 06:07 AM PDT #

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