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Beginning Android Programming: Develop and Design by Kevin Grant, Chris Haseman

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Chapter 13. Gradle, the New Build System

If you’ve been working through all the chapters using Android Studio—or if you have been working in Eclipse and have been wondering what this new build system is all about—this chapter aims to answer some of the questions you might have. While Gradle is different from any of the Java and Android programming we have dealt with before, it will prove to be a handy tool in your arsenal for creating a new generation of Android applications.

Gradle is an existing build system that Android has adopted to replace its previous build system. Gradle creates a unified build experience between the IDE and the command line. In its current form, Eclipse has a different build system from Ant, meaning that the things you ...

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