Gradle build template for Coursera's "Algorithms, Part I" course
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A Gradle build template for Coursera's Algorithms, Part I course.

Don't abuse this project for sharing solutions to assignments!

To prevent accidental sharing, .gitignore excludes all src directories.


All you need to get started is a JDK installation (1.5 or higher). Make sure that running java -version from the command line succeeds.

Getting started

Clone this project from GitHub or download and extract its zipball. The first time you invoke the top-level gradlew (*nix) or gradlew.bat (Windows) script, the Gradle build tool will be downloaded automatically. Should you ever want to get rid of Gradle and everything it downloaded, delete <user_home>/.gradle.

Gradle basics

To build all code, run gradlew build from the top-level directory. To build the code for a particular week of the course, cd into the corresponding directory and run ../gradlew build from there. The same holds for all Gradle commands explained below.

Where to place source code

Solutions to assignments should go into weekN/src directories. Manual test and JUnit tests should go into weekN/test directories.

External dependencies

Jar files under lib and classes under lib/classes are visible to all code. JUnit 4.10 is visible to all test code.

How to run main classes

gradlew run<ClassName> Example: gradlew runPercolationStats will run the main method of the src/ class (assuming it exists).

gradlew run<ClassName> -Dargs=arg1,arg2 Example: gradlew runPercolationStats -Dargs=200,100

Arguments can also be defined in weekN/build.gradle:

runPercolationStats {
    args 200, 100

Both classes in src/ and test/ directories can be run in this way.

How to run JUnit tests

gradlew test

How to create zip file to be submitted

gradlew zip

By default, the zip file will contain all files under weekN/src. This can be customized in weekN/build.gradle. Example:

zip {
    include "", ""
    // can also use `exclude`

The resulting zip file goes into weekN/build/distributions.

How to run Checkstyle

gradlew checkstyle

How to run FindBugs

gradlew findbugs

How to create Eclipse projects

gradlew cleanEclipse eclipse (from top-level or weekN directory)

Use Import -> Existing Projects into Workspace to import the project(s) into Eclipse.

How to create IntelliJ IDEA project

gradlew cleanIdea idea (from top-level directory)

Use Open Project to open the project in IDEA.

Other useful Gradle commands

gradlew clean deletes all build directories.

gradlew build compiles and tests the code and runs Checkstyle and FindBugs.

gradlew clean build performs a clean build.

Task names can be abbreviated. For example, gradlew runPercolationStats can be abbreviated to gradlew runPS.


All your classes should live in the default package. Otherwise they won't be able to use classes from algs4.jar and stdlib.jar, which are also in the default package.

Due to a limitation of Gradle's FindBugs plugin, the exclude filters defined in config/findbugs.xml aren't currently honored. If necessary, you can disable FindBugs by adding findbugsMain.enabled = false to weekN/build.gradle.


Use at your own risk. Files in the lib and data directories are copyrighted by the course instructors and are only for personal use by students enrolled in the Coursera course.