Released: MavenCentral Gradle-Format Search

January 22, 2013

Roughly 7 years after greasemonkey was introduced, I’ve started to make effective use of the Firefox extension. This past weekend I published my first script to MavenCentral Gradle-Format Search.

The script is quite simple. It does just one thing with the following steps:

  1. Poll the search box when your browser is pointed at
  2. Detect when the value has changed from the previous value
  3. When the value has changed, and its format matches the gradle-format of dependency strings (e.g. group:artifact:version), it replaces the value with the format MavenCentral wants (e.g. g:"group" AND a:"artifact" AND v:"version")


At work we were moving our non-transitively-resolved dependencies to transitively-resolved dependencies and were unsure of what we could delete from our build.gradle. Our method involved searching for dependencies that seemed top-level on MavenCentral, looking at the POM’s declared dependencies, and removing any of those from our build.gradle.

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Written by @sghill, who works on build, automated change, and continuous integration systems.