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Gradle Effective Implementations Guide - Second Edition

By : Hubert Klein Ikkink
Book Image

Gradle Effective Implementations Guide - Second Edition

By: Hubert Klein Ikkink

Overview of this book

Gradle is a project automation tool that has a wide range of applications. The basic aim of Gradle is to automate a wide variety of tasks performed by software developers, including compiling computer source code to binary code, packaging binary codes, running tests, deploying applications to production systems, and creating documentation. The book will start with the fundamentals of Gradle and introduce you to the tools that will be used in further chapters. You will learn to create and work with Gradle scripts and then see how to use Gradle to build your Java Projects. While building Java application, you will find out about other important topics such as dependency management, publishing artifacts, and integrating the application with other JVM languages such as Scala and Groovy. By the end of this book, you will be able to use Gradle in your daily development. Writing tasks, applying plugins, and creating build logic will be your second nature.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Gradle Effective Implementations Guide - Second Edition
About the Author
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Defining dependencies

We discussed how to use dependency configurations to group together dependencies; we also saw how we must define repositories so that the dependencies can be resolved, but we haven't discussed how to define the actual dependencies yet. We define dependencies in our build project with the dependencies{} script block. We define a closure to pass to the dependencies{} script block with the configuration of the dependency.

We can define different types of dependencies. The following table shows the types that we can use:

Dependency type



External module dependency


This is a dependency on an external module or library in a repository.

Project dependency


This is a dependency on another Gradle project.

File dependency


This is a dependency on a collection of files on the local computer.

Client module dependency


This is a dependency on an external module, where the artifacts are stored in a repository...