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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Gradle for Android Developers

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The new build mechanism replacing Ant for Android development is based on Gradle, the popular build tool from the Groovy ecosystem. Ken Kousen introduces you to Gradle for Android developers and shows how easy it is to integrate Gradle into Android projects. See the latest version of the Android Studio IDE to develop applications. Join Ken to discuss 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. Leave with an appreciation and understanding of Gradle and how to use it in your development environment.

Ken Kousen
Kousen IT, Inc.

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, Groovy, and Grails. He is the author of the books Making Java Groovy and Gradle for Android, as well as video courses on several topics, including Android development. Ken is a regular speaker on the No Fluff, Just Stuff conference tour and presents at many international conferences. He holds several technical certifications and through the past decade has taught thousands of developers in business and industry. In 2013 Ken won a JavaOne Rock Star award. Follow Ken @kenkousen.