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Android development: Develop clever apps with Gradle

Android development: Develop clever apps with Gradle

Android development: Develop clever apps with Gradle

Tools like Gradle simplify and streamline the programming of Android apps. Complex build processes are largely automated. That saves time and money. Because of the widespread use of Android, there are hundreds of extensions that an app developer can incorporate into his application with Gradle.

Gradle is a build management automation tool and runs under JVM – it therefore requires a Java Development Kit (JDK) installed. Anyone who usually works in Java development environments will quickly get to grips with the system. Gradle is open source and runs on many platforms. It competes with Apache Ant and Apache Maven and is available to developers under the Apache 2.0 license.

This article introduces the Gradle system and shows how it helps you to cleverly develop apps for the Android mobile operating system. Practical examples show how you can integrate external libraries: QuadFlask for color selection dialogs, the Cartotype map service, Paho for MQTT message transmission and AndroidWM for image processing.

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