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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
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Chapter 8. Organizing Build Logic and Plugins

Plugins are one of the major building blocks of Gradle, which we have not discussed much until now. You have seen different standard plugins such as Java, Eclipse, Scala, and so on, which comes with a set of defined tasks. Developers just include the plugin, configure the required tasks, and leverage the functionalities. In this chapter, we will get an overview of what a plugin is, how you can group tasks to a plugin, how you can extract the plugin logic from a build file to buildSrc, and also how to create a standalone plugin.