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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


In this chapter, we discussed one of Gradle's main building blocks, plugins. A plugin helps to organize and modularize the functionality and also helps to package a set of related tasks and configurations. We also discussed the different ways of creating custom plugins, from writing the plugin code in the build file itself to creating a standalone plugin JAR file and reusing it in different projects. In the last section, we also covered how you can configure the plugin's existing properties and customize them as per your project's requirement.

Before concluding this book in the next chapter, we will be discussing how you can build Groovy and Scala projects with the help of Gradle. Also, as this is a mobile age, where all the traditional software or web applications are now moving to apps, we will also be discussing building Android projects.