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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

Publishing artifacts

Building a software does not make much sense unless you publish your software to some common repositories so that, if needed, it can be reused by other software or projects. We have discussed the repositories while downloading the dependencies. The other aspect of repositories is uploading the build outcome (JAR, WAR, EAR, and so on) to some common location so that it could be downloaded by other developers. The different plugins in Gradle provide an automated way to publish the default artifacts of the plugin. For example, a java plugin provides a task to upload a JAR file, a war plugin provides a task to upload a WAR file, a scala plugin provides a task to upload a JAR file, and so on. A user just needs to configure the upload repository location. If a user does not want to upload the default build artifact or a user wants to upload some custom artifacts, he can easily customize Gradle tasks to upload the other artifacts and also as per his custom requirements.

As we...