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Groovy as its build DSL is easy to read but probably not that easy to write at first because there are often multiple ways to do something.

Gradle Effective Implementation Guide

As a standard Java developer like me you might be unsure about the proper way of doing something. There are a lot of helpful resources online, namely the forum and the excellent user guide but as I prefer to read longer sections offline I am really glad that there now is a book available that contains extensive information and can get you started with Gradle. The book starts with a general introduction into Gradle. You'll get a high level overview of its features, learn how to install it and write your first build file. You'll also learn some important options of the gradle executable that I haven't been aware of.

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Chapter 2 explains tasks and how to write build files. This is a very important chapter if you are not that deep into the Groovy language. You'll learn about the implicitly available Task and Project instances and the different ways of accessing methods and properties and of defining tasks and dependencies between them. Working with files is an important part of any build system. Chapter 3 contains detailed information on accessing and modifying files, file collections and file trees. This is also where the benefit of using Groovy becomes really obvious.

The ease of working with collections can lead to very concise build definitions though you have all the power of Groovy and the JVM at your hands. The different log levels are useful to know and can come in handy when you'd like to diagnose a build. While understanding tasks is an important foundation for working with Gradle it's likely that you are after using it with programming languages.

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Nearly all of the remaining chapters cover working with different aspects on builds for JVM languages. Chapter 4 starts with a look at the Java plugin and its additional concepts. You'll see how you can compile and package Java applications and how to work with sourceSets. Nearly no application is an island.

The Java world provides masses of useful libraries that can help you build your application. Proper dependency management, as introduced in Chapter 5, is important for easy build setups and for making sure that you do not introduce incompatible combinations of libraries.

Gradle supports Maven, Ivy and local file based repositories. Configurations are used to group dependencies, e.

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If you need to influence the version you are retrieving for a certain dependency you can configure resolution strategies, version ranges and exclusions for transitive dependencies. Automated testing is a crucial part of any modern software development process. Test execution times can be improved a lot by the incremental build support and the parallelization of tests.

I guess this can lead to dramatically shorter build times, something I plan to try on an example project with a lot of tests in the near future.

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This chapter also introduces the different ways to run an application, create distributions and how to publish artifacts. Hello Mike, thanks for the review. I totally agree with you. The learning curve is steep especially if you try to understand where all the magic comes from. Learning how to read the DSL-Reference is the first big obstacle. To understand how groovy closures and the meta object protocol works helps a lot. How is the plugin topic covered in the book?

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Could you say something to that topic? Cheers, Sebastian. Chapter 10 is titled 'Writing Custom Tasks and Plugins'.