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Gradle Essentials

By : Kunal Dabir, Abhinandan Maheshwari
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Gradle Essentials

By: Kunal Dabir, Abhinandan Maheshwari

Overview of this book

Gradle is an advanced and modern build automation tool. It inherits the best elements of the past generation of build tools, but it also differs and innovates to bring terseness, elegance, simplicity, and the flexibility to build. Right from installing Gradle and writing your first build file to creating a fully-fledged multi-module project build, this book will guide you through its topics in a step-by-step fashion. You will get your hands dirty with a simple Java project built with Gradle and go on to build web applications that are run with Jetty or Tomcat. We take a unique approach towards explaining the DSL using the Gradle API, which makes the DSL more accessible and intuitive. All in all, this book is a concise guide to help you decipher the Gradle build files, covering the essential topics that are most useful in real-world projects. With every chapter, you will learn a new topic and be able to readily implement your build files.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Gradle Essentials
About the Authors
About the Reviewers


We started this chapter with a quick feature overview of Groovy language, covering some of the topics that would be helpful for us to understand Gradle's syntax and write better build scripts. Then, we looked at the API that Gradle exposes to our build scripts and how to consume the API via the DSL. We also covered the Gradle build phases. Then, we looked at the way in which tasks can be created, configured, have dependencies between, and run by default.

After reading this chapter, we should be able to comprehend the Gradle DSL, rather than just trying to remember the syntax. We are now in a position to read and understand any given Gradle build file, and we should now be able to write custom tasks with ease.

This chapter might feel a little long and complex. We should take some time out to practise and reread the sections that are not clear and also look up the online references given throughout the chapter. The chapters ahead will be smooth sailing.