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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

Where to find the CMake community

After getting involved with CMake, you may feel the need to exchange ideas and find a platform for asking questions of people that will likely know the answers. For that purpose, I have a few online platform recommendations for you.

Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow is a popular Q&A platform and the go-to place for most developers. If you are having an issue with CMake or have any questions, you can search for answers to your questions on Stack Overflow first. It is highly likely that someone has experienced that issue or asked the same or similar questions before. You can also take a look at the popular questions list to discover new ways of doing things with CMake.

When asking questions, ensure that you are labeling your questions with the cmake tag. This will allow individuals who are interested in answering CMake-related questions to find your question easier. You can access the Stack Overflow home page at