Modern Gradle Fundamentals

Learn how to efficiently structure and build software projects with Gradle 7

Gradle is one of the most advanced build tools for Java and other JVM languages like Kotlin, Groovy and Scala.

What you’ll learn

  • The fundamental Gradle concepts.
  • How to structure Gradle projects – efficiently to work with and maintainable.
  • Understanding the Gradle DSL (Kotlin and Groovy variant).
  • Gradle build configuration: Settings File, Build Files and Convention Plugins.
  • Gradle build execution: Tasks, Task Inputs/Outputs, Task Dependencies.
  • Dependency management: Scopes/Configurations, Repositories, Versioning.
  • Configuring Testing with Gradle.
  • Using Java to configure Gradle.

Course Content

  • Project Structure –> 7 lectures • 1hr 2min.
  • Configure and Register Tasks –> 4 lectures • 25min.
  • Dependency Management –> 4 lectures • 32min.
  • Testing –> 2 lectures • 18min.
  • Using Groovy or Java for Build Configuration (instead of Kotlin) –> 2 lectures • 32min.
  • Summary –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Modern Gradle Fundamentals


Gradle is one of the most advanced build tools for Java and other JVM languages like Kotlin, Groovy and Scala.

In this course you learn how to structure your software project with Gradle to get the most out of it.

This course is hands-on. Together, we build up a project from scratch, learning Gradle features one-by-one. While we do this on the example of a Java project, the gained knowledge can be transferred to any kind of software project built with Gradle.

Whatever automation task you would like to tackle: This course is for you to unlock the full power of Gradle.

No prior Gradle knowledge is required and you learn the latest best practices of Gradle 7 and beyond.

The video instructions are packed with information. To follow along, you will likely pause the videos regularly to explore the example and make sure it works for you. You should plan in ~3 times the duration of a video to work through the corresponding lecture.

Topics Overview

  • Gradle Configuration Language (Gradle’s DSL)
  • Define a Project Structure – Settings File and Gradle Wrapper
  • Give Meaning to Components/Subprojects – Build Files
  • Centralise Build Configuration – Convention Plugins
  • Compose an Application – add Dependencies
  • Run the Build – with Incremental Building and Caching
  • Configure Tasks added by Plugins
  • Register new Tasks using existing Task Implementations
  • Implement your own Build Logic in a Task
  • Make your Project accessible through Lifecycle Tasks
  • Dependency Scopes (aka Configurations)
  • Central Places for Dependency Versions – Platform Projects / Dependency Version Catalogs
  • Conflicts and Component Metadata Rules
  • Source Sets
  • Configuring Testing
  • Kotlin vs Groovy DSL
  • Writing Build Configuration in Java
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