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Different build types in android can be used to build the same application with different configurations. This can be predefined config values like 'debuggable', but you can also define your own config values that will be accessible in your application. This post will show you some ways in which you can use this functionality to easily build your app for different environments of remote services and for better local development.

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Developers have a tendency to not only work on a single project at once.  Depending on those projects, there is a constant struggle to keep your programming environment in sync with what you are actually doing.  For that big legacy product you are maintaining you might need an old Java 1.5 in a specific version - for that fancy new web-app you might be using the newest Java.