Gradle for Android

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  • Build new Android apps and libraries using Android Studio and Gradle
  • Migrate projects from Eclipse to Android Studio and Gradle
  • Manage the local and remote dependencies of your projects
  • Create multiple build variants
  • Include multiple modules in a single project
  • Integrate tests into the build process
  • Create custom tasks and plugins for Android projects

Gradle is an open source build automation system that introduces a Groovy-based domain-specific language (DSL) to configure projects. Using Gradle makes it easy for Android developers to manage dependencies and set up the entire build process.

This book begins by taking you through the basics of Gradle and how it works with Android Studio. Furthermore, you will learn how to add local and remote dependencies to your project. You will work with build variants, such as debug and release, paid and free, and even combinations of these things. The book will also help you set up unit and integration testing with different libraries and will show how Gradle and Android Studio can make running tests easier. Finally, you will be shown a number of tips and tricks on the advanced customization of your application's build process. By the end of this book, you will be able to customize the entire build process, and create your own tasks and plugins for your Gradle builds.

  • Create custom Gradle tasks and plugins for your Android projects
  • Configure different build variants, each with their own dependencies and properties
  • Manage multi-module projects, and integrate modules interdependently
Page Count 172
Course Length 5 hours 9 minutes
ISBN 9781783986828
Date Of Publication 16 Jul 2015


Kevin Pelgrims

Kevin Pelgrims started his career as a .NET developer in Belgium. After some years working on Windows and web development for corporate clients, he moved to Copenhagen to become part of its start-up community. There, he began working on mobile platforms, and within a year, he was the lead developer of several Android and Windows Phone apps. Kevin is also a regular speaker at the Android developers group in Copenhagen. He maintains multiple Android apps in his spare time and likes to experiment with server-side technology. When he is not busy writing code, he is most likely playing the guitar with his wife and their cat.

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