Gradle Support in NetBeans IDE 7.2

Russel Winder and Steve Chin spent half an hour, and then gave up, setting up NetBeans IDE to use Gradle, because they couldn't find the NetBeans Gradle plugin, during Steve's NightHacking tour. That need happen no more because Attila Kelemen's NetBeans Gradle plugin is now available in the Plugin Manager in NetBeans IDE 7.2:

Aside from opening Gradle-based applications, you can now also create new ones:

Details and documentation:


I get the following error on trying to install the plugin:

Some plugins require capability

No plugin providing the capability could be found.

Posted by guest on November 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM PST #

So install the Groovy plugin before you install the Gradle plugin.

Posted by Geertjan on November 05, 2012 at 02:54 PM PST #

There is no "Groovy" plugin listed (Netbeans 7.2.1, just now freshly downloaded).

Posted by Oliver Doepner on December 12, 2012 at 08:24 PM PST #

Because you downloaded the wrong distribution of NetBeans IDE. Go to the download page and you'll see which distribution includes Groovy. Or just go to the Plugin Manager under the Tools menu and there'll you be able to install Groovy.

Posted by guest on December 13, 2012 at 01:04 AM PST #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

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