Is Gradle the best build tool for the JVM?

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Gradle continues to innovate with new features.

Is Buildr dead? Buildr is now part of Apache and yet its last update was over a year ago. I tried to use Buildr this year but I ran into errors and when I searched on Google I found all of the advice was many years old. No one responded to my question on StackOverflow. I’m left thinking that Buildr is dying.

Gradle has an awesome bunch of plugins and the eco-system is growing.

There are many folks who are escaping from Maven and heading toward Gradle.