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Gradle Effective Implementation Guide

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Gradle Effective Implementation Guide

Overview of this book

Gradle is the next generation in build automation. It uses convention-over-configuration to provide good defaults, but is also flexible enough to be usable in every situation you encounter in daily development. Build logic is described with a powerful DSL and empowers developers to create reusable and maintainable build logic."Gradle Effective Implementation Guide" is a great introduction and reference for using Gradle. The Gradle build language is explained with hands on code and practical applications. You learn how to apply Gradle in your Java, Scala or Groovy projects, integrate with your favorite IDE and how to integrate with well-known continuous integration servers.Start with the foundations and work your way through hands on examples to build your knowledge of Gradle to skyscraper heights. You will quickly learn the basics of Gradle, how to write tasks, work with files and how to use write build scripts using the Groovy DSL. Then as you develop you will be shown how to use Gradle for Java projects. Compile, package, test and deploy your applications with ease. When you've mastered the simple, move on to the sublime and integrate your code with continuous integration servers and IDEs. By the end of the "Gradle Effective Implementation Guide" you will be able to use Gradle in your daily development. Writing tasks, applying plugins and creating build logic will be second nature.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Gradle Effective Implementation Guide
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Running Gradle in IntelliJ IDEA

We can generate IDEA project files with the IDEA plugin in our build file. IntelliJ IDEA has a Gradle plugin to import a Gradle project without first creating the project files. In this section, we learn how to use the Gradle plugin with IntelliJ IDEA 11.1.

We use the same project that was used with the Eclipse Gradle plugin to import the project into IntelliJ IDEA.

Installing the plugin

The Gradle plugin can be installed through the IntelliJ IDEA plugin manager. We need to go to IDE Settings in the Settings window, as shown in the following screenshot:

We select the Gradle plugin to install it in the IDE. Once we have installed the plugin, we can then import a project.

Importing a project

To import an existing Gradle project, we start the New project wizard. We select the New Project... option from the File menu. IntelliJ IDEA shows a dialog window in which we can choose the source of the new project. We select the Import project from external model option,...