Why is gradle called gradle?

is that an acronym or does it have no special meaning? Where does the name came from?

I think it’s always helpful to know some background of the name of a framework/tool. This way i could better keep the tool in mind.

My original idea was to call it Cradle. The disadvantages of that name were:

  • to diminutive

  • not very unique

As Gradle is using Groovy for the DSL I went down the G-road and thought about calling it Gradle. Everyone I asked liked it so that became the official name. That was about 4 years ago. I’m still very happy with the name.

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