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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

Chapter 9. Polyglot Projects

We are living in an era where one language is not enough. Developers are expected to be polyglot programmers and choose the right tool for a job. While it is always a subjective decision, we try to select languages and ecosystems based on various parameters such as execution speed, developer productivity, available libraries and resources, a team's comfort level with the language, and many more.

When we are already carrying the cognitive load of working with different languages, Gradle turns out to be our good friend, as we don't have to change our build tool even if we are building projects in other languages. We can even use multiple languages in the same project and Gradle orchestrating the build for the entire project. Apart from the array of JVM-based languages, Gradle also supports C, C++, Objective C and others to produce native applications as well. Gradle is also an official build tool for the Android platform. The list of supported languages is on the...