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Building and Testing with Gradle


Build and test software written in Java and many other languages with Gradle, the open source project automation tool that’s getting a lot of attention. This concise introduction provides numerous code examples to help you explore Gradle, both as a build tool and as a complete solution for automating the compilation, test, and release process of simple and enterprise-level applications.

Discover how Gradle improves on the best ideas of Ant, Maven, and other build tools, with standards for developers who want them and lots of flexibility for those who prefer less structure.

  • Use Gradle with Groovy, Clojure, Scala, and languages beyond the JVM, such as Flex and C
  • Get started building a simple Java program using Gradle’s command line tooling and a small build script
  • Learn how to configure and construct tasks, Gradle’s fundamental unit of build activity
  • Take advantage of Gradle’s integration with Ant
  • Use Gradle to integrate with or transition from Maven, and to build software more cleanly
  • Perform application unit and integration tests using JUnit, TestNG, Spock, and Geb

About the Author
Tim is a full-stack generalist and passionate teacher who loves coding, presenting, and working with people. He is founder and principal software developer at the August Technology Group, a technology consulting firm focused on the JVM. He is a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, co-presenter of the best-selling O’Reilly Git Master Class, and is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group. He has recently been exploring build automation, non-relational data stores, and abstract ideas like how to make software architecture look more like an ant colony. He lives in Littleton, CO with the wife of his youth and their three children.

Matthew McCullough is an energetic 15-year veteran of enterprise software development, world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of Ambient Ideas, LLC, a US consultancy. Matthew currently is a trainer for Gradleware, educator for GitHub.com, author of the Git Master Class series for O’Reilly, speaker on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour, author of three of the top 10 DZone RefCards, including the Git RefCard, and President of the Denver Open Source Users Group.

His current topics of research center around project automation, including: build tools (Gradle, Leiningen, Maven, Ant), distributed version control (Git, Mercurial), testing frameworks (Geb, Spock, JUnit, TestNG, Mockito), continuous integration (Jenkins, Hudson, Bamboo) and code quality metrics (Sonar, CodeNarc, PMD).

Book Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144930463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449304638
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