Thursday, January 4, 2018

Why Gradle is called Gradle

Today I asked myself: what does name "Gradle" mean. I asked Google and here are the first 2 answers:

Answer #1

It's not an abbreviation, and doesn't have any particular meaning.
The name came from Hans Docter (Gradle founder) who thought it sounded cool.

Answer #2

My original idea was to call it Cradle. The disadvantages of that name were:
  • to diminutive
    • not very unique
As Gradle is using Groovy for the DSL I went down the G-road and thought about calling it Gradle. Everyone I asked liked it so that became the official name. That was about 4 years ago. I'm still very happy with the name.

Conclusions: both answers are correct

  1. This name indeed was invented by the Gradle founder Hans Dockter and IMHO he thinks that the name is cool.
  2. The name has some meaning