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  • October 6, 2012

Gradle in NetBeans IDE 7.3 Beta

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

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.

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Comments ( 7 )
  • Christian Saturday, October 6, 2012

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

  • Sven Reimers Sunday, October 7, 2012

    +1 - that would be awesome

  • ktn Monday, October 8, 2012

    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' ? ;)



  • Geertjan Monday, October 8, 2012

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

  • dougj Monday, October 8, 2012

    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.

  • guest Monday, October 15, 2012

    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.

  • kospiotr Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Great work, thanks.

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