Saturday, October 25, 2014

How To: List all compile dependencies using Gradle

Gradle makes it easy to add steps to the build process. Today I found a nice little task to list all project dependencies:

The only problem with this is when a project has some local dependencies that are included using compile files('lib/some.jar'). A dependency included in this way has no group, name, or version as it is not in a repository. This was causing a dependency in my project to show up as "null : unspecified : null". To get around this I made a variation of the task above which will list the filename of each jar file that is being included:

It comes in handy when you want your build server to provide a little more information for debugging problems. Simply add the task to your projects build.gradle file (anywhere below the dependencies block).

Monday, October 06, 2014

What happened to nine?

Microsoft may not acknowledge the number nine but one thing they are doing with their upcomming version of Windows is accepting that they were wrong about the start screen. This is something the GNOME Foundation should take notice of. At least Microsoft have listened to the backlash and realised that people still need a traditional desktop.

The idea of forcing a user interface designed for touch-screen devices onto users that need a productive desktop machine was always doomed to fail. Who cares if the average consumer is now buying a tablet instead of a desktop, as long there are jobs there will be a need for computers that can be productive in the workplace.

I do feel that the team at Microsoft deserve some respect for the work they've done in merging the start screen from Windows 8 with the menu from previous releases but most of all for backing down and listening to their users.