About this Course

This course explores how the Gradle build tool compiles and packages apps, and you'll learn to customize the build process. The first half of this course is for anyone interested in Gradle, build automation, and continuous delivery of software.

The latter half of the course reveals the magic that happens after you hit the "Run" button in Android Studio. You'll also explore advanced Android topics, learning to configure free vs paid app flavors, create and integrate Android libraries, test your app, and prepare your app for the Play Store.

Course Cost
Approx. 6 weeks
Skill Level
Included in Product

Rich Learning Content

Interactive Quizzes

Taught by Industry Pros

Self-Paced Learning

Student Support Community

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Gradle for Android and Java


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Course Leads

Jeremy Silver

Jeremy Silver


Mark Vieira

Mark Vieira


Prerequisites and Requirements

This is an advanced course aimed at students with experience developing Android or Java apps.

If you lack this experience, please take Developing Android Apps and Advanced Android App Development prior to taking this course.

  • To follow along with course activities, you must have access to the latest release of Android Studio
  • You should have access to an Android device for running and testing your apps.
  • You should also be familiar with Github. Take our course on Using Git and Github if you lack this background.

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Why Take This Course

As your software projects get more ambitious, the process of building and deploying your apps will become more and more involved. However, modern software development requires rapid iterative releases, known as continuous delivery. Gradle is a next-generation build automation system that makes continuous delivery of complex projects a reality.

Gradle supports many languages and tools, and is tightly integrated with Android Studio. This course is useful for any developer seeking to understand Gradle, but focuses on Android builds. The default Android build settings are enough to put a simple debug app on your phone, but to build an app that's ready for the Google Play Store, you'll need to understand your build process and how to customize it.

What do I get?
Instructor videosLearn by doing exercisesTaught by industry professionals