Gradle Recipes for Android: Master the New Build System for by Ken Kousen

By Ken Kousen

Android followed Gradle because the most well liked construct automation process many years in the past, yet many Android builders are nonetheless unexpected with this open resource device. This hands-on consultant presents a suite of Gradle recipes that will help you quick and simply accomplish the commonest construct projects in your Android apps. You’ll the way to customise undertaking layouts, upload dependencies, and generate many alternative types of your app.

Gradle relies on Groovy, but little or no wisdom of the JVM language is needed so you might start. Code examples use Android SDK model 23, with emulators from Marshmallow (Android 6) or Lollipop (Android 5). If you’re pleased with Java and Android, you’re ready.

  • Understand Gradle’s generated construct documents for Android apps
  • Run Gradle from the command line or inside of Android Studio
  • Add extra Java libraries for your Android app
  • Import and export Eclipse ADT projects
  • Digitally signal a unencumber APK for the Google Play store
  • Use product flavors to construct many types of a similar app
  • Add customized initiatives to the Gradle construct process
  • Test either your app’s Android and non-Android components
  • Improve the functionality of your Gradle build

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Upgrading Gradle with either the command-line flag or from the explicit wrapper task adds only the binary distribution (note the bin value in the URL). Android Stu‐ dio will then offer to download the complete distribution, including sources, with a prompt shown in Figure 2-4. Figure 2-4. properties changes to the all version, as shown in Example 2-23. Example 2-23. properties file #... date of most recent update ... zip Distribution now uses the all version, which includes sources If you miss the opportunity to click the upgrade link, you can always modify the file directly, replacing bin with all in the URL.

Android Stu‐ dio will then offer to download the complete distribution, including sources, with a prompt shown in Figure 2-4. Figure 2-4. properties changes to the all version, as shown in Example 2-23. Example 2-23. properties file #... date of most recent update ... zip Distribution now uses the all version, which includes sources If you miss the opportunity to click the upgrade link, you can always modify the file directly, replacing bin with all in the URL. 5 Sharing Settings Among Projects Problem You want to remove duplicated settings from multiple modules.

The error message shows exactly what went wrong: pro is ambiguous, since it matches both projects and properties. Just add another letter to make it unique. gradle, use the -b flag to specify the build filename (Example 1-12). Example 1-12. gradle See Also Appendix B gives a summary of Gradle installation and features beyond Android projects. 5 discusses dependencies in the build file. 3 illustrates excluding tasks from the build process. 4 Executing Gradle Builds from Android Studio Problem You want to run Gradle from inside Android Studio.

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