5 Gradle plugins for working with modular Java projects

Java 9 was release in September 2017 and with it came a brand new modular platform known as JPMS, delivered by Project Jigsaw. Building projects that an leverage this new feature can be a bit daunting however the Gradle plugins in the following list can help you in keeping things under control. 1. JDeps – https://github.com/aalmiray/jdeps-gradle-plugin This plugin generates a report of your production code and compile/runtime dependencies using the jdeps tool available since Java 8. Jdeps can tell you if your codebase is vulnerable to API changes such as relying on internal APIs (like sun.misc.Unsafe) even if you don’t Read More


The Gradle SuperPOM

Following up with the Gradle POM, where a familiar structure found in Maven projects can be brought to Gradle projects, I’d like to discuss another Maven feature that many see as an advantage and that’s lacking in Gradle: the ability to enforce settings in a top-down fashion with hierarchical POM files. In Maven, a parent POM delivers configuration that will be used by a child POM as is. Children POMs have the option to override and extend these properties. A typical use case in parent POMs is to provide <pluginManagement> and <dependencyManagement> sections; they also configure default dependencies, properties, plugins, Read More


The Gradle POM

Gradle is an extensible and very flexible build tool capable of building projects that target many platforms, not just Java. In the Java space it’s often compared to Apache Maven; one of the often cited complains against Gradle is that it’s “too complicated” or rather “too flexible” when compared to Apache Maven. It appears a large percentage of Maven users do love having a fixed structure that restricts the amount of havoc a junior developer may bring to the project if he or she desires to play with the build file. However this fixed structure also restricts power users from Read More


More JavaFX Related Announcements

Following up on the recent news of JavaFX 11 and Java 11 being released, I’d like to announce that the following JavaFX related projects have been released as well: Project Version Link JDK 8 JDK 9 JDK 10 JDK 11 HarmonicFX 0.2.0 https://github.com/aalmiray/harmonicfx Y P P P BootstrapFX 0.2.4 https://github.com/aalmiray/bootstrapfx Y Y Y Y DesktopPaneFX 0.12.0 https://github.com/aalmiray/desktoppanefx Y Y Y Y JSilhouette 0.3.0 https://github.com/aalmiray/jsilhouette Y Y Y Y Ikonli 2.4.0 https://github.com/aalmiray/ikonli Y N N N Ikonli 11.0.0 https://github.com/aalmiray/ikonli N N N Y Y: Fully supported. N: No support at all. P: Partial support; some classes may not work due to Read More


Ikonli 11.0.0 Released

Celebrating the recent release of JavaFX 11 and the upcoming release of Java 11 (any moment now!) I’d like to announce that Ikonli 11.0.0 is out! Judging by its number you can tell that this release synchronizes with both JavaFX 11 and Java 11. This release provides 30 icon packs (the same number as 2.4.0) but it requires Java 11 as a minimum. All artifacts have been fully modularized and take advantage of JPMS. You can configure and run your application on the module path or in the classpath, either way Ikonli will resolve your favorite icons. If running on Read More


Nested Composite Builds with Gradle

If you work with source code of multiple dependencies at the same time then Composite Builds is the feature you didn’t know you needed. Back in October 2016 Gradle 3.1 introduced Composite Builds to the world. The idea behind this feature is to let a project build its external dependencies as needed; think of quick fixing a bug or checking for breakages before publishing a snapshot release. I’ve got a real world scenario for this feature: the set of builds for JSR377, the Desktop Application JSR. This specification provides the following artefacts jsr377-api: Defines the API for this JSR. jsr377-spec: Read More


Sassy JavaFX

As may JavaFX developers know, it’s possible to style a JavaFX application using CSS, which is quite refreshing compared to previous alternatives. Unfortunately this CSS support is confined to a subset of CSS 2.1 (see here for more information). This means we can’t rely on the latest and greatest features available in CSS3 and beyond, bummer. However we can get some of those missing features (such as variables!) if we turn to less or Sass. I’ve picked Sass as at the time of writing both Gradle and Maven plugins for less seem to have stopped development altogether. Now, there are Read More


Announcing DesktopPaneFX

Recently at work we faced the need of implementing a user interface that delivered similar features as the ones exposed by Java Swing’s JDesktopPane but for JavaFX. Unfortunately JavaFX does not provide such component out of the box, nor do the most common JavaFX controls projects out there. There are however a few attempts to put something together but most never left the prototype stage or have been abandoned. That’s how I found JavaFXMDI, which seemed to have the right approach but was left unattended for close to 3 years. Fortunately the code was published as Open Source, thus after Read More


Become a patron

I’ve been working with Open Source code for more than 2 decades, first as a consumer then as an active producer. Working in Open Source has been a very rewarding experience, it has helped me hone my skills as a programmer, discover and learn quite a good number of programming languages (my favorite being Groovy in the JVM so far), interact with people all over the world. Alas writing and supporting Open Source takes time and effort. Most of the work I’ve done so far in this space has been done on my spare time, any related expenses have come Read More


Keeping your codebase healthy

Maintaining a project in a healthy state should have a higher priority in light of recent events. There are a handful of techniques and measures that can be applied to keep the codebase neat and tidy. If your project is built with Gradle then the following list may come in handy when taking matters in to your own hands: ossindex versions license jdeps jacoco checkstyle pmd findbugs/spotbugs codenarc sonarqube Each plugin takes care of an specific dimension and together they can strengthen your codebase. Let’s begin with the ossindex plugin. This plugin scans project dependencies and checks if there are Read More


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