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CMake vs Make: What are the differences?

What is CMake? *An open-source system that manages the build process *. It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.

What is Make? The GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Toolchain (Binutils, GDB, GLIBC). The GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Toolchain (Binutils, GDB, GLIBC).

CMake belongs to "Java Build Tools" category of the tech stack, while Make can be primarily classified under "Code Automation Tools".

According to the StackShare community, Make has a broader approval, being mentioned in 20 company stacks & 19 developers stacks; compared to CMake, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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    Has package registry
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    No-nonsense approach to builds. Just works
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    One-line Execution

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What is CMake?

It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.

What is Make?

The GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Toolchain (Binutils, GDB, GLIBC)

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What tools integrate with CMake?
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What are some alternatives to CMake and Make?
Bazel
Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google's software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google's development environment.
Apache Maven
Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
Gradle
Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
Sonatype Nexus
It is an open source repository that supports many artifact formats, including Docker, Java™ and npm. With the Nexus tool integration, pipelines in your toolchain can publish and retrieve versioned apps and their dependencies
JFrog Artifactory
It integrates with your existing ecosystem supporting end-to-end binary management that overcomes the complexity of working with different software package management systems, and provides consistency to your CI/CD workflow.
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