Do you have a development task that is mostly a series of commands? Do you have to perform that task on a regular basis? If so, a script might be just what you need. Over the years I've wanted to learn bash scripting several times. Yet there's always something else that takes priority and my desire to script takes a back seat. Not any more!
I finally decided to start learning how to write bash scripts and I want to share it with you in case you'd like to do the same. At the bottom of this post, I've listed several resources that I'm using to help me on this journey. If you're an Android developer, you can use Gradle to handle many automated tasks. If you want to learn about Gradle on Android or how to create a Gradle plugin, check out my course here.
On to the script. It does the following:
- Runs the unit and widget tests for a Flutter application
- Generates a code coverage report
- Removes the unwanted files from the coverage output
- Converts the coverage data to HTML
- Opens the HTML page in your browser
I'm going to break down what each section of the script does so that you can start having fun creating your own scripts! (This post assumes you are already familiar with programming and related concepts.)