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Enter The Gradle by Ken Sipe (plus Java 7)

Description: In the Java build space, first there was ANT, which provided a reliable way to build without an IDE. Then there was Maven, which provided standardization in build life cycles and dependency management. Now... Enter the Gradle, which provides convention over configuration approach to the build process and an approach at building that isn't based XML.

This session assumes no familiarly with Gradle as it introduces this new approach at building projects. It is very helpful to be able to read and understand groovy to get the most from the session. This session will look at multi-language or polyglot projects, as well as integration to ANT and Maven. It will conclude with building custom plugins for the Gradle build process.

Roger Brinkley of Oracle will also provide a short overview of the upcoming Java 7 release.

NFJS Pass: Thanks to the Northern Virginia Software Symposium for supplying a pass to their great conference for us to raffle off. We'll pull business cards out of a hat for the winner. The Northern Virginia Software Symposium is coming up soon, April 29-May 1. Check it the NFJS Details.

Speaker: Ken Sipe is the CTO of Gradleware, Inc. ( With the co-founders Hans Dockter and Adam Murdoch, Ken helps companies of all sizes adopt agile practices and automate their enterprise systems enabling faster time to market and higher quality.

Ken has been a practitioner and instructor of RUP since the late 1990s, and an extreme programmer and coach since the middle 2000s. Ken has worked with Fortune 500 companies to small startups in the roles of developer, designer, application architect and enterprise architect. Ken's current focus is on enterprise system automation and continuous delivery systems.

Ken is an international speaker on the subject of software engineering speaking at conferences such as JavaOne, JavaZone, Jax-India, and The Strange Loop. He is a regular speaker with NFJS where he is best known for his architecture and security hacking talks. In 2009, Ken was honored by being awarded the JavaOne Rockstar Award at JavaOne in SF, California and the JavaZone Rockstar Award at JavaZone in Oslo, Norway as the top ranked speaker.

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  • Warren C.

    The Gradle presentation was very nice. Unfortunately, I had to leave before the Java 7 presentation. I will definitely come again. Thanks!

    April 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was little hurried and there was too much jumping from subject to subject

    April 7, 2011

  • Jason M.

    This was my first meetup. Kens talk was pretty good, although I felt there was a bit too much 'selling' the first 30 mins, would have been better to just jump in and show us what Gradle does. I am not sure how novice developers would have followed that talk as he jumped right into showing advanced examples without laying down any foundation (good for me-but I can guess the basics from experience)

    April 7, 2011

  • Sam B.

    A great introduction to a tool I was unfamiliar with but curious about. I was definitely impressed by the feature set and Ken's presentation of the tool. I will be looking to use Gradle on current and future project.

    Roger also did a great job presenting Java 7 (and 8) and the roadmap the Oracle team is following. It was a great look at the future of Java and he did a great job!

    April 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - How does one go about offering to speak at this Meetup?
    I have sent several emails but haven't received any reply.
    Please advise! Thanks, Victor Grazi

    April 4, 2011

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