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4 Expert Tips for Boosting Android Build Speed

In a recent DevProdEng Showdown! Android gurus from some of the most famous technology and global business brands shared their best tips for accelerating Android build and test feedback cycle times. Here is what our friends at Twich, JP Morgan Chase, Delta, and Kaiser Permanente had to say. You can watch the video segment or read their comments (edited for clarity) below.



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Understanding the Vital Roles that Build & Test Performance Consistency and Continuity Play in Improving the Developer Experience

In the course of engineering new solutions that improve developer productivity by speeding up builds and tests, Gradle will introduce new concepts and new enabling technologies. Here we will introduce and explore the concepts and technologies associated with performance consistency and performance continuity and the benefits of achieving elevated states of both. Let’s begin by defining performance consistency and contrasting it with performance continuity.



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Seven Ways Netflix Uses Gradle Enterprise to Manage Gradle Plugins

Roberto Perez Alcolea of the Netflix JVM Ecosystem team recently shared some of his team’s use cases and best practices for using Gradle Enterprise to manage Gradle plugins in their builds. The Nebula project itself is a set of Gradle plugins that eliminate boilerplate build logic and provide sane conventions for simplifying build scripts.



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Netflix Pursues Soft DevEx Goals with Hard DevProd Metrics using Test Distribution

At Netflix, improving developer happiness is a goal of paramount importance since it is highly correlated with developer productivity. Netflix Engineering has experienced significant benefits from their investments in improving the developer experience and productivity by using automation, tools and data rather than by management decree and best practices. This article highlights their success using Test Distribution to speed up test cycles by over 12X and provides many other productivity insights.



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Improving Micrometer’s Build with Gradle Enterprise

This summer the Gradle Team provisioned a Gradle Enterprise instance for the Micrometer open-source project and helped us a lot in optimizing our Micrometer build. Micrometer’s build has been enjoying the advantages of the Gradle Build Tool since the inception of the project. Introducing Gradle Enterprise has led to a significant number of improvements to the team’s developer productivity.



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4 Reasons Why Venture Capital is Flowing into Developer Productivity Engineering Solutions

Gradle Inc. announced recently that it closed a $27 million Series C funding round doubling its venture capital investment haul to almost $55 million. This round represents a significant endorsement by the venture community of the emerging software practice called Developer Productivity Engineering (DPE). DPE takes an engineering approach — rather than a people management approach — to solving developer productivity challenges and improving the developer experience. 

Gradle Enterprise is positioned as a key enabling technology for DPE and the only technology that provides an end-to-end solution. To date venture firms investing in DPE include Bain Capital Partners, DCVC, Harmony Partners, Triangle Peak Partners, StepStone Group, and True Ventures. 

What does the smart money see in DPE?



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Do You Regularly Schedule ‘Flaky Test Days’?

Each Gradle Enterprise engineering project team is responsible for monitoring their own flaky tests. When enough flaky tests have accumulated in the test suite, the team meets for a ‘Flaky Test Day’ to identify and fix flaky tests. In this post, we explain the importance of having flaky test days, when to schedule them and some of the Gradle Enterprise development team’s favorite best practices for identifying, prioritizing and fixing flaky tests.



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How to Improve React and JavaScript Build Performance with Gradle Enterprise

The software landscape is fragmented and specialized and will continue to remain so.  Developers have their own beloved tools for development, builds, testing, and so on. Often referred to as a tyranny of choice, this fragmentation is becoming increasingly intentional, especially among the ever-blooming open source development landscape.

Fighting this trend is more often than not a boondoggle for organizations, and ultimately, standardization can even lead to anti-patterns.  Realizing this, how can you promote developer productivity in your company if you have the common pattern of a polyglot build system environment?  Our own Gradle Enterprise Front End team has implemented both the practice and toolchain, and have seen impressive results:



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Test Distribution In Action: A Practitioner’s Feedback from the Trenches

Test Distribution is an approach that accelerates test execution and complements build caching while addressing many of the limitations of single-machine parallelism and CI fanout. It does this by extending test parallelism which farms out test execution to remote executors. Along with Build Cache, it is one of the major build and test acceleration features available in Gradle Enterprise. 

We caught up with Cedric Champeau, consulting member of the technical staff at Oracle, a former engineer on the Gradle Build Tool core team and a Groovy committer, to ask him about his experience with Test Distribution (TD) while working on the Gradle Build Tool open source project.



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