This book has a very clear aim: introduce you to the incredible simplicity and power
Gradle is a flexible yet model-driven JVM-based build tool. Gradle acknowledges and
improves on the very best ideas from Make, Ant, Ivy, Maven, Rake, Gant, Scons, SBT,
Leinengen, and Buildr. The best-of-breed features previously scattered among a set of
tools are now made available via a unified Groovy DSL for scripting and Java API for
tooling. Gradle, even at the 1.0 milestone release current as of the time of this writing,
already has a passionate following among some of the most respected enterprises and
open source communities.
As we explore the tool’s capabilities, you’ll discover that Gradle is being heralded as
more than just a build tool but also as a means of automating the compilation, test,
and release process. In this first official book on this open source project, we’ll showcase
why the excitement around Gradle is on the rise and how it meets the challenge of these
lofty build automation goals. Future volumes will cover the Gradle plug-in ecosystem,
how to extend Gradle with your own build logic, and even more advanced topics. We’re
excited to have you along for the ride.
Tim Berglund and Matthew McCullough