Online course

Learn to build software with Gradle

Join 250+ developers to master the build script and unlock your project's potential

  • Become a pro at building various types of Java project
  • Fix your build & spend more time developing features

Are you a copy & paste build engineer?

Without the right knowledge, editing Gradle build scripts feels like guesswork:

  • You have no idea how Gradle actually works
  • Your build scripts get out of control as your project grows
  • You feel like an amateur as you fight your build

Building Java programs is complicated.
Your Gradle build script doesn't need to be.

Gradle has the power to make your Java build simple, scalable, and fast. But you need to know how to configure it right for your project.

Don't waste years learning Gradle the hard way

5 years ago I joined a new team and right away faced frustrating build issues. The old build tool was slow and didn't do everything we needed. I knew we had to switch to Gradle.

But I didn't know Gradle. I copy & pasted to get anything to work. The mysterious build script made no sense.

Did I give up? No, but I struggled for years with official documentation written for experts.

Eventually I learned enough to setup our project right in Gradle. The software built like a well-oiled machine, we saved hours each day, and the team could look to the future.

There was a wonderful a-ha moment when the build script finally made sense.

To help you reach Gradle mastery in weeks rather than years, I put everything I learned into a course. Gradle Hero is the fast way to master the build script and scale your Java project for success.

Course overview

What you'll learn

Know how to start any new Gradle project on the right foot

Understand in-depth the fundamental Gradle concepts

Propose and implement better ways of building your project

Fix your build to make development fun again

Master Java projects in Gradle

Progress your career as a build engineer

Gradle Hero outline

5 chapters to Gradle proficiency

1) Understanding the fundamentals

All the key Gradle concepts you might have heard of, properly explained to get you to where you're easily creating simple projects from scratch.

2) Interacting with Gradle

Nailing command line and IDE interaction means you can more effectively work with Gradle projects. Be prepared for any situation, with full understanding of the Gradle wrapper, daemon, and build lifecycle.

3) Mastering Gradle build scripts

Each build script concept is dissected and explained simply, so all those mysterious code snippets now make sense. Prefer Groovy or Kotlin build scripts? Whatever your preference, we'll cover both languages here.

4) Working with Java projects in Gradle

If you work with Java projects, this is the ultimate guide to more effectively building, testing, and running them. And then some. By the end of this chapter, you'll be creating realistic Java projects following all the best-practices.

5) Organising Gradle projects effectively

Prepare your Gradle build for the growth and change expected in a successful software project. Scale up with multi-project builds, and learn to reuse build logic with tasks and plugins.

Student feedback

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 (26 reviews)


Comprehensive and very well explained

The course is comprehensive and will teach you a lot about Gradle and how to use it. It is one of the best courses I have done about Gradle. The explanations are very helpful, the practices are great. If you are looking for a great Gradle course, this is one I can recommend.

Elyasin Shaladi


No longer a Gradle newbie

I recently started a new job where my team heavily relies on a multi-project Gradle structure that include custom plugins. I was a complete beginner in Gradle, and after completing the Gradle Hero course I feel much more confident navigating the codebase.Thanks Tom!

Alon Eitan


Fantastic course!

Tom is hands down the best Gradle content creator out there. This course is straight 🔥🔥🔥. Sent me down rabbit holes I would not have thought of exploring myself otherwise. Worth every penny!

Lawrence A


Excellent introduction to Gradle

Tom's content is always great. This course gives a good overview of what can be done with Gradle and how to do it. This is a great way to pick up Gradle skil...

Steve Dearth


Gradle 7 Shines Through

I've run Gradle in production environments for several years, but wanted to learn needed adjustments for the latest version. This course shows many "best in practice" techniques to speed up and organize enterprise builds. Clear, concise examples illustrate how to improve code even for an "expert" in earlier releases. Well worth the time!

Kurt Fickie

What you'll get from this course

Ways you'll save time and effort

  • Initialise new projects in seconds (chapter 2)
  • Make building simple for everyone without installing Gradle (chapter 2)
  • Keep your project up-to-date with a single command (chapter 2)
  • Commit the correct Gradle files to version control so your project is always ready to build (chapter 2)
  • Save time with the the Gradle background process (chapter 2)
  • Build your code without leaving the IDE (chapter 2)
  • Understand the Groovy & Kotlin essentials to work effectively in Gradle (chapter 3)
  • Choose the best build script language for your project (chapter 3)
  • Work effectively with Gradle's basic building blocks—tasks (chapter 3)
  • Avoid unnecessary work for lightning fast builds (chapter 3)
  • Add rich functionality in seconds with plugins (chapter 3)
  • Setup Java projects the way Gradle expects to keep your configuration simple (chapter 4)
  • Setup Java compile and runtime classpaths correctly by understanding how they relate to Gradle dependencies (chapter 4)
  • Store all your dependency versions in a single easy-to-update file (chapter 4)
  • Streamline your development process by running the most appropriate task from the Java plugin (chapter 4)
  • Configure your project to harness the full power of Java (chapter 4)
  • Setup unit and integration tests to run automatically (chapter 4)
  • Avoid annoying environmental issues by fixing the Java version (chapter 4)
  • Build Java projects correctly whether it's an application or library (chapter 4)
  • Publish artifacts to Maven so they're ready to deploy (chapter 4)
  • Configure your build for local development, CI, or any other build environment (chapter 5)
  • Modularise your Java project for maintainability (chapter 5)
  • Encapsulate common build logic with custom tasks and plugins (chapter 5)
  • Be ready to troubleshoot any build issues (bonus 1)
  • Use static code analysis to stop bad code reaching your repository (bonus 2)
  • Simplify deployment by building and pushing your application inside a Docker image (bonus 2)

Course layout


How to make the most of your course

Building software with Gradle: not just another build tool

Chapter one: Understanding the Gradle fundamentals


The Gradle project

The Gradle build script

The Gradle task

The Gradle plugin

Practical: creating a simple Gradle project


"Zip" challenge

Chapter two: Interacting with Gradle


gradle init: create projects in seconds

Gradle wrapper introduction

Managing the Gradle wrapper

Project layout

Command line interaction

Build lifecycle introduction

Gradle Daemon

IntelliJ IDEA Gradle integration

Practical "start from scratch"


Chapter three: Mastering Gradle build scripts


Groovy build scripts

Kotlin build scripts

Groovy or Kotlin. Which to choose?

Configuring your project

Defining tasks

Locating tasks

Task dependencies & ordering

Task inputs & outputs

Applying plugins

Repositories & dependencies


Chapter four: Working with Java projects in Gradle


The Java plugin

Practical: building a Java project

Tasks in Java projects

Dependencies in Java projects

Build customisations

Running Java applications

Testing Java applications

Adding integration tests to a project

Controlling Java versions

Publishing to Maven

Practical: building Spring Boot applications

Deployment using .war files

Building Java libraries

Advanced dependency resolution


Chapter five: Organising Gradle projects effectively


Project properties

Multi-project builds

Practical: creating a multi-project build

Working with files

buildSrc and convention plugins

Creating custom tasks

Creating custom plugins

Sharing custom plugins

Testing custom plugins


Bonus 1: Troubleshooting masterclass



Viewing the task graph

Investigating dependencies

Bonus 2: Real world Gradle


Code coverage analysis with Jacoco

Code style validation with Checkstyle

Code quality validation with PMD

Build & push Docker images


Version catalogs


What now?

Your opinion matters

Course details

  • Only $68
  • 10 lessons
  • 7 hours of video content
  • Subtitles
  • Gradle version 7+


  • Can I get a receipt or invoice so I can expense the cost of the course?

    Absolutely. You'll automatically be sent a purchase receipt by email. If you need an invoice, please email after purchase with any details you want on the invoice. I'll get back to you within 48 hours.

  • Do you offer discounts for students or people from developing countries?

    Gradle Hero takes you from Gradle beginner to build script mastery fast—a skill you'll use in your career for years. The course already represents excellent value for what you'll achieve, so unfortunately no discounts can be offered.

Student feedback