Gradle basics

To understand Gradle builds, you need to only consider three basic concepts initially:

  • The build script: Gradle automatically looks for a file called build.gradle in the current directory. This file is the build script, which defines the projects and tasks that make up the build.
  • Projects: Gradle can work with a single or multiple projects per build. For the purpose of this chapter, we will only be looking at single project builds.
  • Tasks: Gradle tasks are the building blocks of the build, for example, compile, test, and clean.

Gradle build scripts

Gradle automatically looks for a file called build.gradle in the current directory and uses this as the build script. For most simple projects, all you ever need to write is a build.gradle

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