Whether you’re new to Gradle or an experienced Android developer, Java consultant Ken Kousen will help you get better acquainted with the Gradle automated build system. With “enough Groovy to get by,” you’ll learn Groovy’s relationship to Java and how it defines both static and dynamic variables. You’ll also build and run a simple Android app, test it, and modify it to add capabilities. The video includes:
Gradle basics: use a Gradle build for a Java project, define custom tasks and insert them into the Gradle directed acyclic graph, and add plugins using a buildscript
Build types: create debug-and-release Android application packages (APK), and learn how to sign and prepare a release APK
Run tests: test non-user interface components, specifically data access layers
Use a third-party UI testing library: test UI components, and run tests on all connected devices simultaneously
Define multiple flavors: create different versions of the same application, change images and other resources, and generate multiple APKs
In addition to learning how to build multi-module projects, you’ll also add an Android library project to a top-level project, and use it to access a web service and update the UI.
Ken Kousen, president of Kousen IT, Inc., is a technical trainer, mentor, and consultant in all areas related to Java, specializing in Android, Spring, Hibernate/JPA, Groovy, and Grails. He is the author of Making Java Groovy (Manning) and the upcoming O’Reilly book, Gradle for Android.
Ken Kousen is the President of Kousen IT, Inc., through which he does technical training, mentoring, and consulting in all areas related to Java, specializing in Android, Spring, Hibernate/JPA, Groovy, and Grails. He is the author of the Manning book "Making Java Groovy" and the upcoming O'Reilly book "Gradle for Android".
Ken is a regular speaker on the No Fluff, Just Stuff conference tour, as well as at many other international conferences. In 2013 he won a JavaOne Rock Star award. Over the past decade he has taught thousands of developers in business and industry. In addition to owning several technical certifications, his academic background includes two BS degrees from M.I.T., an MS and a Ph.D. from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I.