Difference between Gradle and Maven

Software is a program or set of programs containing instructions which provide the desired functionality. And Engineering is the processes of designing and building something that serves a particular purpose and finds a cost-effective solution to problems. In this article, the difference between two tools Gradle and Maven which are used to build the Softwares is discussed.

Gradle: Gradle is an open-source tool that helps us to create software with mechanization. This tool is widely used for the creation of different kinds of software due to its high performance. It works on Java and a Groovy-based Domain-specific language(DSL) for developing the project structure. Gradle supports the creation of mobile and web applications with testing and deploying on various platforms. With its functionality, it is preferred as an official tool for developing Android applications.

Maven: Maven is an open-source project management tool that helps us to create different software in the lifecycle used by this tool. This tool focuses on the standardization (i.e.) development of the software in a standard layout within a short duration of time. With this, we can create Java projects but is compatible to be used for other languages too. Maven uses Extensible Markup language(XML) for the structuring of application.

The following table describes the difference between the two tools:

Basis Gradle Maven
Based on Gradle is based on developing domain-specific languages projects. Maven is based on developing pure Java language based software’s.
Configuration It uses a Groovy-based Domain-specific language(DSL) for creating project structure. It uses a Extensible Markup language(XML) for creating project structure.
Focuses on Developing applications by adding new features into it. Developing applications in a given time limit.
Performance It performs better than maven as it optimized for tracking only current running task. It does not creates local temporary files during software creation hence uses large time.
Java Compilation It avoids compilation. It is necessary to compile.
Usability It is a new tool, which makes users a lot time to get used to it. This tool has a known tool to many users and is easily available.
Customization This tool is highly customizable as it supports a variety od IDE’s. This tool serves a limited amount of developers and is not that much customizable.
Languages supported It supports software development is Java, C, C++ and Groovy. It supports software development is Scala, C# and Ruby.

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