Meson Alternatives

    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).

    This page was last updated Dec 18, 2020

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      CMake is a family of tools designed to build, test and package software. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files.
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      Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.
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    1. 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.
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      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.
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      Buck is a build system developed and used by Facebook. It encourages the creation of small, reusable modules consisting of code and resources, and supports a variety of languages on many platforms.


    2. GNU Autoconf is a tool for producing configure scripts for building, installing and packaging software on computer systems where a Bourne shell is available.
    3. Cake (C# Make) is a cross-platform build automation system with a C# DSL for tasks such as compiling code, copying files and folders, running unit tests, compressing files and building NuGet packages.
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      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.
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      BuildAMation is a build system and project generator for C and C++ desktop applications, with an extensible architecture. It is written in C#, and works on Windows, Linux and Apple OSX.
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    4. Automatically generate Makefile.in files compliant with the GNU Coding Standards.
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