Gradle combines the flexibility of Ant with a build-by-convention approach a la Maven. But both implemented in a more powerful and less restrictive way. In this session you will learn about Gradle’s rich domain model, which provides a true build language. Hans will explain how Gradle offers the abstractions that Ant misses, without the restrictions and obstacles of a rigid framework. Through examples, Hans will also show how Gradle is particularly suitable for enterprise builds and how it supports many optimization strategies that enable fast, yet reliable development. During his demo, Hans will introduce Gradle with a simple ‘hello world’ build and then work with a plain Java and a Java Web project. From there we go to a more complex multi-project build, during which we will discuss major Gradle features.