Meson is described as 'The main design point of Meson is that every moment a developer spends writing or debugging build definitions is a second wasted. So is every second spent waiting for the build system to actually start compiling code' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Meson for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Haiku. The best alternative is CMake, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Meson are GNU Make (Free, Open Source), Maven (Free, Open Source), Gradle (Free, Open Source) and Buck (Free, Open Source).
Apache Maven is a Java-based tool for build automation and project management (in software development). It is centered around a Project Object Model (POM) described in a XML file that describes the project structure and its dependencies to other components and libraries.
Gradle is build automation evolved. Gradle can automate the building, testing, publishing, deployment and more of software packages or other types of projects such as generated static websites, generated documentation or indeed anything else.
EBuild is a software project build, dependency management and reporting technology. The aim is to be able to tackle any build problem in a structured, declarative and elegant way. It is extensible via a plugin interface.