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The Ultimate Java Build Tool Comparison: Gradle, Maven, Ant + Ivy

Above is a slide show previewing [most of] the results for only the truly impatient coders out there ;-)

Believe it or not, Java developers don’t consider build tools to be the most interesting topic out there. They are generally not considered the most exciting segment of any developer’s overall utility belt.

After all, the majority of the dev world still chooses between just two build tools, Maven and Ant, the latter of the two having been created nearly a generation ago. At best, programmers would prefer their build tool remain invisible and stable; at worst, we hear complaints of downloading enormous libraries, scripts failing for no reason due to some invisible rule running in the background, and general annoyances.

However, build tools should still be able to rock, and it’s in the spirit of “Build Tools [Can] Rock!” that RebelLabs has set out to finalize our journey into the realm of Java’s three most popular build tools–Maven, Gradle and Ant (along with Ivy for managing dependencies). After all, if anyone was going to try to put it a little “sexy” back into Ant, it would be us ;-)

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Interview with Typesafe: 4 answers about the past, present and future of Scala development

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In our recent publication 10 Kick-Ass Technologies Modern Developers Love, we selected a group of tools that developers have proven to really enjoy (based on a heady mix of market data, community activity, anecdotal evidence, our own experiences and a general gut feeling). With Scala as the 1st choice of alternative JVM language to learn, we wanted to get a few more details from the coder perspective about Scala. So, we reached out to Typesafe and sat down with Adriaan Moors, Scala Tech Lead, and asked a few probing questions…

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A Java 8 Guide to Enterprise Big Data Cloud Scalability using DevOps & Continuous Delivery as a Service (EBDCSDOCDaaS)


Did you know that in 1981, Estonians decided that their daily lives were a bit too bereft of humor and thus decreed that the 1st day of all months in the year was to be a day of jokes, sarcasm and fun. This is a total fabrication brought on by too many coffees this morning, but if it was true then I’d be wishing you an August Fool’s Day right now!

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ZeroTurnaround Named a 2014 “Cool Vendor” in DevOps by Gartner

Java Developers and DevOps Teams Create Better Software Faster with Productivity Tools from ZeroTurnaround

ZeroTurnaround Cool Vendors in DevOps 2014Boston – Jul 24, 2014 – ZeroTurnaround, the company that enables the world’s nine million Java developers to create better code faster, today announced it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the Cool Vendors in DevOps 2014, report by Gartner, Inc. The April 16, 2014 report by analysts Ronni J. Colville, Jim Duggan, Jonah Kowall, and Colin Fletcher identifies vendors in the DevOps and Application Release Automation (ARA) market. With its Rebel line of award-winning products including, JRebel, LiveRebel and the recently launched XRebel, ZeroTurnaround is transforming how developers build, modify, test and deliver reliable code.

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10 Kick-Ass Technologies Modern Developers Love

Introduction to the geek love fest

Have you ever heard the question: “How do you know if you’re in love?”

Well, forget that. We’d rather know “How do you know when a technology is going to change your life?”

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RebelLabs Identifies the Top 10 Technologies Modern Developers Love and Names 2014 Geek Choice Award Winners

Motivated by a desire to identify which technologies are loved and chosen specifically by developers, and to understand why they are so beloved by geeks, RebelLabs gathered market data from more than 2,000 developers across the globe and combined this data with other determining factors: market buzz including press coverage, social media share-of-voice, community presence, and anecdotal evidence to compile the inaugural list.

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ZeroTurnaround Releases XRebel, the Always-On, Interactive Java Profiler

New offering enables developers to continuously test code changes to avoid production-class problems.

ZeroTurnaround Releases XRebel, the Always-On, Interactive Java ProfilerBoston – Jun 12, 2014 – ZeroTurnaround, the company helping software eat the world faster, today announced the general availability of the XRebel interactive Java Profiler, giving developers the ability to find and fix common problems as they code. Nobody wants to write bad code, and XRebel enables real-time alerts to potential issues before it is too late. ZeroTurnaround’s XRebel gives developers an edge to develop higher quality software faster.

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Why a fr*kload of Java developers want Gradle, IntelliJ, Scala and other technologies supported by professional organizations

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Java developers, just like anyone else, want well-designed tools that are built–or at least maintained–by professional support organizations. The strongest examples of these companies exposed in this report are Gradleware (Gradle), JetBrains (IntelliJ IDEA), Typesafe (Scala), with additional evidence noted by the dominance of tools supported by CloudbeesGitHub and MongoDB.

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Java Tools and Technologies Landscape for 2014

Sneak Preview: The 14 Leading Java Tools & Technologies for 2014


At RebelLabs, we love statistics and hearing from engineers. For our annual survey on Java tools, technologies, productivity and methodology, we asked over 2000 developers about the tools they use and how they feel about them (each completed survey donated to charity).

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