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From Alex Boisvert <>
Subject Re: Buildr or Gradle?
Date Sun, 01 Nov 2009 21:21:15 GMT
I haven't taken a serious look at Gaddle's design, but if we take out
individual features (which may evolve differently on both sides), I would
think the main deciding factor is your desire to work with either Ruby or

On bigger projects, it's likely that you'll either want to extend the build
tool or find issues (bugs or otherwise) and at that point, your comfort
level with the language itself becomes quite important if you need to dig
into the source or debug what's happening.

One particular thing I enjoy about Ruby is the "Ruby is Unix" mentality
where you can (more) easily interface with other native *nix tools, use
fork() and such.  If your approach is more towards abstracting away the
operating system, and/or if all your libraries and tools are JVM-based, then
this aspect may not carry as much weight.  (Example:  Buildr calls 'svn' or
'git' directly instead of using equivalent Java libraries)


On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 9:11 AM, Sten Roger Sandvik <> wrote:

> Hi.
> I am a heavy Maven 2 user but lately I have been really tired of it. Been
> looking at both buildr and gradle for some time now. Tried both buildr and
> gradle in some real world settings. Right now I am favouring buildr since
> it
> gives me a good feeling to have control over my build. But I am worrying
> about the community. Seems that the gradle community is bigger and more
> active than buildr. That is just my feeling.
> In my build I have the need of building jars, wars and osgi modules. Could
> someone give me a nice overview of pros/cons about buildr vs gradle?
> BR,
> Sten Roger Sandvik

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