One of the main themes of Spring Boot 2.0 M1 is a range of significant improvements to its Gradle plugin. Many of those improvements have just been merged and are available in the latest Spring Boot snapshots. There’s a few weeks until Spring Boot 2.0.0.M1 will be released at the beginning of May and we’d love to hear your early feedback on the new plugin before then.
The new plugin requires Gradle 3.4 or later. Like the rest of Spring Boot, snapshots are published to https://repo.spring.io/libs-snapshot. The easiest way to use a snapshot is to create a new Gradle project on start.spring.io and select Spring Boot 2.0 snapshots.