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Google Cloud Introduces Beta Apache Maven and Gradle Plugins for Java Developers

Beta release of two new build tool plugins for Java developers to use on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is launched today on August 29, 2016.

Both the plugins are open-source, and available for both standard and flexible Google App Engine environments. The plugins are based on the Google Cloud SDK.

Together, “these plugins allow developers to test applications locally and then deploy them to cloud from the Command Line Interface (CLI),” expalins google adding, “or through integration with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)” such as Eclipse and IntelliJ.

Offered as an alternative to existing plugin for App Engine standard, this new “Apache Maven” plugin for GAE standard, allows users to “choose existing plugin to use tooling based on App Engine Java SDK,” or new plugin to “use tooling based on Google Cloud SDK.”

Keep in mind that all other plugins are fully based on Google Cloud SDK.

And, the Gradle is a flexible build automation system that is declarative and is used to automate build, testing, publishing, and deployment, company explained.

Visiting Google Cloud Platform Console, you can check the status of your deployed applications.

And, or for additional information on the new plugins, you can see the documentation for App Engine Standard (Maven,Gradle) and App Engine Flexible (Maven,Gradle).

Update 08/31: Stackdriver Debugger, a popular tool for troubleshooting issues in production applications received a new feature today “logs panel integration’.

‘Logs panel integration,’ let you gather production application state and link to its source, as well as “you can also view associated raw logs with your Google App Engine projects” — all on one page.

For instance several new integrated features:

  • “Display log messages, flat in chronological order, for easy access, without having to expand the request log to see text.
  • Easily navigate to the log statement in source code directly from the log message.
  • Quickly filter by text, log level, request or source file
  • Show all logs while highlighting your log message of interest with the “Show in context” option,” google expalined.
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