The Gradle team is pleased to announce Gradle 2.14-rc-1.
The team is always working to improve the overall performance of Gradle, and this release does not disappoint. Gradle’s configuration time has dropped considerably through the application of some careful optimizations. The Gradle build itself has seen a 50% reduction in configuration time. You’ll see the biggest impact on multi-project builds and Android builds amongst others, but everyone will benefit to some degree. This is reason enough to upgrade.
In other news, the Gradle daemon has become self-aware. Not in the AI sense, sadly, but you will find the daemon to be much more robust and resource-efficient now because it monitors its memory usage. It’s much less likely that you will need to manually kill daemons, which means you can more reliably use the daemon on your continuous integration servers.
There are several other quality-of-life improvements for various users, including IntelliJ IDEA support for Play framework projects, and a fix that makes authoring plugins easier. In addition, we mentioned in our 2.13 release notes that composite build support is coming in Buildship 2.0. This amazing new feature will require Gradle 2.14 as a minimum version.
Finally, it’s time to start preparing for the departure of an old friend. Gradle 2.14 sees the deprecation of Java 6. It has been with us a long time now, reaching its official End of Life in 2013. You will still be able to use Java 6 with Gradle 2.14, but you won’t be able to run Gradle 3 on it.
Enjoy the new version and let us know what you think!
Check the 2.14-rc-1 release notes for more information. If no regressions are reported, a final release will typically follow in the next week.
Switch your build to use Gradle 2.14-rc-1 quickly by updating your wrapper properties:
./gradlew wrapper --gradle-version=2.14-rc-1
Standalone downloads are available at https://gradle.org/release-candidate.
If you find a problem with Gradle 2.14-rc-1, please post a reply to this topic or create a new topic in Bugs. Be sure to include which operating system you are using, the version of Gradle you upgraded from and any steps you have found that reproduces your problem.