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From Laszlo Kishalmi <>
Subject Gradle Support for Apache NetBeans
Date Sat, 29 Dec 2018 19:57:14 GMT
Dear all,

I would like to donate my Gradle works to Apache NetBeans.

Right now the code is here:

I just recently rebased it on master, so there is no conflicts. If I'd 
create a PR from it that would mean 317 new files and ~35k line of code.

The current state of the plugin:

  * It Opens Gradle Projects resource efficiently
  * It is based on the ideas found in our Maven Plugin
  * It supports JavaSE and Groovy development
  * Unit Testing
  * Code Coverage
  * JPA projects
  * Spring (the little support we have for that)
  * Navigator for project task
  * Custom Task execution
  * Output processing
  * Debugging (even single methods)
  * Creating new projects

The shady side:

  * The Gradle <-> NetBeans project discovery and communication.
    Based on simple property serialization. Ugly Groovy code, well the
    deserialization Java code isn't that nice as well
  * Limited number of unittest
  * Being a sole developer there could be glitches here and there as of
    lack of wider testing.
  * Gradle is required to build the NetBeans <-> Gradle tooling
    This adds a binary
    to the source distribution package, though this file is not
    distributed. So Apace might agree with that.

Introduced External Dependencies:

  * Gradle Tooling API (Apache Licensed)
      o slf4j (Apache Licensed)
  * JaCoCo Core Library (EPL 1.0)
    The whole JaCoCo project uses other libraries distributed under
    different licenses, I need to make sure that the core is EPL 1.0 only

Areas to Improve:

  * There is no support for Ergonomy
  * Module versions might be incorrectly specified, I did the best I could
  * Add Groovy project support (could be trivial)
  * Improve Gradle <-> JDK incompatibility check.
  * Profiling
  * Compile on Save (that's an icy territory)
  * Improve project Settings
  * Whatever you think...

Future Works:

  * I also have a JavaEE support module started, I can donate somewhat
    later to the enterprise cluster.

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