Developer Productivity Engineering Blog

Test Distribution FAQs

Gradle Enterprise 2020.2 features Test Distribution for Gradle builds and version 2020.5 added support for Maven. We have compiled this list of FAQs to supplement the information shared in our webcast: Gradle Enterprise Unveils Test Distribution.



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The cost of downloading dependencies

Although ephemeral builds can be nice to test changes in isolation, there are trade-offs for doing so. One of those trade-offs is dependency download times.

In Gradle Enterprise 2019.3, the dependency download metrics in the performance and trends dashboards can be used to look at dependency download times and debug issues. For example, let’s look at the dependency download times for the Gradle project itself for all builds run in the last four weeks.



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Fixing broken builds using Gradle Enterprise

Have you ever had an infrastructure failure break your build, or perhaps been forced to stop working in order to fix broken build configuration? Changes to development infrastructure often happen unbeknownst to the engineers it serves. Many problems go unreported, but chip away at our productivity much more than we realize. It is important to identify and stop non-verification failures (those not caused by routine development, such as compile and test failures) before they disrupt your organization. To combat this, we are pleased to introduce new failure analysis tools.



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Getting Started with the Kotlin DSL

Build logic can grow as complex as application logic and because of that good tooling is key for a productive build-logic authoring and maintenance experience. In this webinar, Paul Merlin and Rodrigo B. de Oliveira from Gradle explain how the Gradle Kotlin DSL leverages the Kotlin language and its great tooling to provide just that.



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Introducing Acceleration and Insights for Maven Builds with Gradle Enterprise

Today, we’re excited to announce a big step towards our mission to transform how software is built and shipped. We recognize that not all teams are using Gradle or are in a position to migrate soon. In this blog post, we’ll learn how you can utilize the insights provided by build scans and the acceleration of the build cache in Apache Maven™ builds.



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What’s new in Gradle 5.0

Gradle 5.0 is much faster and more memory efficient than previous versions of Gradle, has better tools to inspect and manage transitive dependencies, and can provide the IDE assistance you’d always hoped and expected through a new Kotlin DSL.



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