The Gradle team is pleased to announce the availability of the first release candidate for Gradle 2.9.
This release delivers a number of performance improvements including faster incremental builds and reduced memory consumption. All builds should benefit from these changes, however builds with very large number numbers of source files will see considerably shorter build times.
Gradle TestKit has been improved, adding support for debugging, cross-version testing and capturing build output.
We’ve also added new features to the experimental Java software model, including the ability to declare your library’s public API allowing enforcement of API and implementation separation at compile time and faster incremental builds.
In addition to these features, Gradle continues to improve with a variety of small improvements and bug fixes. Please check the release notes for more information.
Downloads and wrapper usage instructions are available at http://gradle.org/release-candidate. Please try Gradle 2.9-rc-1 with your projects and report any problems.