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CloudTurbine uses the Gradle Build Tool (https://gradle.org/) as its build engine and we use the Buildship plugin [1] to integrate Gradle with Eclipse.  A recent article from Gradle [2] discusses on-going Buildship work, noting that the plugin “serves as a reference implementation for how to build great IDE support for the Gradle Build Tool”.

A couple interesting notes from this article about the upcoming Buildship 2.x release:

  • In the future, Kotlin [3], rather than Groovy, will be the “preferred language for writing Gradle build scripts”.  Kotlin will have better integration/support in Eclipse than Groovy, providing “syntax highlighting, auto completion, code navigation” etc.
  • Gradle is moving big into Cloud Services.  This includes the new Build Scan Service (https://gradle.com/), support for which will be integrated into Buildship.

We like using Eclipse, so it is great to see that Gradle continues to have strong support for this IDE!

[1] https://projects.eclipse.org/projects/tools.buildship

[2] http://www.eclipse.org/community/eclipse_newsletter/2016/july/article4.php

[3] https://gradle.org/blog/kotlin-meets-gradle/