Android applications no longer use Ant or IDE builds. The new build mechanism is based on Gradle, the popular build tool from the Groovy ecosystem. This talk will introduce Gradle to Android developers and show how easy it is to integrate into Android projects.
Topics will include using the Android plugin for Gradle, adding dependencies and alternate repositories, creating custom tasks, implementing both unit and integration tests, using alternative build types, product flavors and variants, and more.
Ken Kousen is a technical trainer, software developer, and conference speaker specializing in Java and open source topics, including Android, Spring, Hibernate/JPA, Groovy, Grails, and Gradle. He is the author of the O’Reilly book “Gradle Recipes for Android” and the Manning book “Making Java Groovy”. He also has recorded several video courses for O’Reilly, including two on Android, three on Groovy, two on Gradle, and one on the Spring Framework.
In 2013 was awarded a JavaOne Rockstar award. His academic background include BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from M.I.T., an MA and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, and an MS in Computer Science from R.P.I. He is currently President of Kousen IT, Inc., based in Connecticut.