Chapter 1. Running Your First Gradle Task

We are embarking on a fast-paced ride to learn the Gradle Essentials. To take a gentle start, we will first install Gradle. Then, we will get friendly with the Gradle's command-line interface by looking at the usage of the gradle command. Also, by the end of this chapter, we would have run our first Gradle build script.

Building a software artifact is a complex process involving various activities such as compiling source code, running automated tests, packaging distributable files, and so on. These activities are further split into many steps, often dependent on the execution order, fetching dependent artifacts, resolving configuration variables, and so on. Executing all these activities manually is cumbersome ...

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