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CMake Best Practices

By : Dominik Berner, Mustafa Kemal Gilor
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Book Image

CMake Best Practices

5 (2)
By: Dominik Berner, Mustafa Kemal Gilor

Overview of this book

CMake is a powerful tool used to perform a wide variety of tasks, so finding a good starting point for learning CMake is difficult. This book cuts to the core and covers the most common tasks that can be accomplished with CMake without taking an academic approach. While the CMake documentation is comprehensive, it is often hard to find good examples of how things fit together, especially since there are lots of dirty hacks and obsolete solutions available on the internet. This book focuses on helping you to tie things together and create clean and maintainable projects with CMake. You'll not only get to grips with the basics but also work through real-world examples of structuring large and complex maintainable projects and creating builds that run in any programming environment. You'll understand the steps to integrate and automate various tools for improving the overall software quality, such as testing frameworks, fuzzers, and automatic generation of documentation. And since writing code is only half of the work, the book also guides you in creating installers and packaging and distributing your software. All this is tailored to modern development workflows that make heavy use of CI/CD infrastructure. By the end of this CMake book, you'll be able to set up and maintain complex software projects using CMake in the best way possible.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Part 1: The Basics
Part 2: Practical CMake – Getting Your Hands Dirty with CMake
Part 3: Mastering the Details

Chapter 16: Contributing to CMake and Further Reading Material

It has been a long journey since we started, and we have learned a great deal about CMake. But as you may have figured by now, CMake is a huge ecosystem, and one book is not enough to cover the vast number of topics that can be discussed. Thus, in this chapter, we are going to take a look at the resources that may help you to get to know CMake even better and also the ways of getting involved in the CMake project itself.

CMake is a flexible tool and used in many projects in the software industry. As a result, CMake has an ever-growing community supporting it. There are plenty of resources available online for learning and troubleshooting the CMake problems that you may experience.

To understand the skills shared in this chapter, we'll cover the following main topics:

  • Where to find the CMake community
  • Contributing to CMake
  • Recommended books and blogs

Let's begin!