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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Maven

Building and automating packaging of software can be a challenging task. As the complexity of the project grows so do the dependencies on third-party artifacts. Using Maven we can define and manage the project structure centrally and it helps improve overall build times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

Gradle is an ideal tool to build an application that is complex and/or distributed. It is well suited for builds that use a CI engine such as Jenkins or Bamboo, and a repository such as Artifactory.
Dirce Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Apache Maven

  • Maven is useful in building Java applications.
  • Quick project setup, no complicated build.xml files, just a POM and go. Reduces the size of source distributions, because jars can be pulled from a central location.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

  • We use it as a build tool.
  • We build Java applications using this tool.
  • We also use Gradle to test our apps.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apache Maven

  • POM file in XML is quite messy, especially with a big project.
  • Dependency management with a local cache sometimes causes conflict.
  • Do not support scripting to add custom build commands.
Hung Vu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

  • Still under development, not as mature as Maven
  • Build files aren't as easy to follow because they are so loose
  • The community isn't as large as Maven
David Tanner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Apache Maven

Apache Maven 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent tool to build a project, simple and easy to study, install and implement.
Hung Vu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

Gradle 3.0
Based on 1 answer
I have tried to use Gradle for projects several times in the past, but there is just so much work in maintaining the build file that it quickly becomes untenable. I have been using Maven for many years, and even though the build file can be complex, it works without maintenance between releases.
David Tanner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Apache Maven

Apache Maven 3.0
Based on 1 answer
Most of the support I've gotten is from coworkers. I'm sure there's a community out there who would know more, but I'm not aware of it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

Gradle 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Gradle has been an excellent tool for Android development. It has helped us create multiple versions of the app for different environments. It also takes care of all the packaging needs in the background without having to write all the code related to that. It is a no brainer to use Gradle with Android applications.
Mohit Goenka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apache Maven

Ant, Maven's opposing framework, is often a point of comparison. Although Ant does not require formal conventions, it is procedural in the sense that you must tell Ant exactly what to do and when. It also lacks a lifecycle, along with goal definition and dependencies. Maven, on the other hand, requires less work as it knows exactly where your source code is as long as the pom.xml file is generated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

SBT works fine for Scala but when I tried to use it with Java it was hard to configure and I gave up. Maven is awesome but the pom.xml file tends to be really big which makes it hard to read. Grunt is suitable only for js projects.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apache Maven

  • The tool has greatly improved our overall software build times and had a positive impact on our release schedules.
  • Being a free application from an Open Source Community, there was no upfront investment needed on our part.
heather collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

  • In a distributed development environment, once we established a strong CI/CD model, Gradle proved to be a great choice to automate the various processes. Gradle also provides much flexibility, which is essential in today's development environment. The important benefit is that the CI/CD engineers can support development's needs quickly and reliably. This in turn supports faster testing and deployment, which generates higher ROI.
Dirce Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Maven

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Gradle

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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