We can generate the Eclipse project files using the Eclipse plugin. We can also import a Gradle build file in Eclipse and then execute Gradle tasks from within Eclipse. In this section, we will see how to install the Gradle plugin in Eclipse and also how to use it to import a Gradle build file and execute tasks.
Gradle developed an Eclipse plugin, named Buildship. The plugin adds Gradle integration to the Eclipse IDE. The plugin has an import wizard to import existing Gradle builds. Multi-project builds are also supported by it.
The plugin keeps track of dependencies defined in the Gradle build file as project dependencies. This means that if we change a dependency in the build file, the Eclipse classpath will be updated with the change so that the compiler can use it.
To execute the tasks, the plugin adds an additional view to Eclipse. From the view, we can execute the tasks. The Eclipse launching framework is used to execute the tasks.