Buck vs Pants: What are the differences?
What is Buck? A build system developed and used by Facebook. Buck encourages the creation of small, reusable modules consisting of code and resources, and supports a variety of languages on many platforms.
What is Pants? Build system by Twitter, Foursquare, and Square. Pants is a build system for Java, Scala and Python. It works particularly well for a source code repository that contains many distinct projects.
Buck and Pants can be primarily classified as "Java Build" tools.
Some of the features offered by Buck are:
- Speed up your Android builds. Buck builds independent artifacts in parallel to take advantage of multiple cores. Further, it reduces incremental build times by keeping track of unchanged modules so that the minimal set of modules is rebuilt.
- Introduce ad-hoc build steps for building artifacts that are not supported out-of-the-box using the standard Ant build scripts for Android.
- Keep the logic for generating build rules in the build system instead of requiring a separate system to generate build files.
On the other hand, Pants provides the following key features:
- Builds Java, Scala, and Python.
- Adding support for new languages is straightforward.
- Supports code generation: thrift, protocol buffers, custom code generators.
Buck and Pants are both open source tools. It seems that Buck with 6.81K GitHub stars and 1.02K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Pants with 1.16K GitHub stars and 333 GitHub forks.
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