The Gradle team has announced the release of Gradle 2.1. Gradle is a build automation evolved tool. Gradle can automate the building, testing, publishing, deployment and more of software packages or other types of projects such as generated static websites, generated documentation or indeed anything else. Gradle 2.1 comes with a new, simpler, mechanism for using community plugins in your build, integrated with the new Gradle Plugin Portal. The Gradle Plugin Portal already contains more than 120 community plugins.