In Gradle, we can either write a simple task in a build file, where we add actions with a closure, or we can configure an existing task that is included in Gradle. The process of writing our own task is easy. There are different ways to create a custom task, which we will cover in this chapter:
We will see how to create a new task class in our build file and use it in our project.
We will discuss how to create custom tasks in a separate source file. We will also discuss how to make our task reusable in other projects.
We will discuss how to write a plugin for Gradle. Similar to writing custom tasks, we will cover the different ways to write a plugin. We will also see how to publish our plugin and discuss how to use it in a new project.
We can write our tasks and plugins in Groovy, which works very well with the Gradle API, but we can also use other languages, such as Java and Scala. As long as the code is compiled into bytecode, we are fine.