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Allow Schalk to take you on a journey through some very useful idioms that can be applied when writing your next plugin for Gradle, keep your DSLs readable, and maintain wide Gradle version compatibility. From the obvious to the bizarre – they will all be there.
When writing a plugin there are many tricks and techniques that a plugin author can use. Many of them are not well-published and an author is found dumpster-diving to salvage bits and pieces from blogs, forum postings, StackOverflow, Gists, MrHaki’s Gradle Goodness and the Gradle documentation. In addition, with the release of Gradle 2.5 & 2.6 more options have become available to the script author, some which are incompatible with earlier Gradle 2.x releases. Other changes require a new mindset, preparing the way for a futuristic Gradle 3.0..
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Schalk Cronjé is a freelance product-delivery coach, technology consultant and trainer. His A-skill profile means he works with organisations at both business and technical levels. He keeps technically fit by participating in a variety of open-source projects. He is the maintainer of Groovy-VFS and also maintains or contributes to a number of Gradle plugins including Asciidoctor, GradleTest and JRuby.