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CMake Best Practices

By : Dominik Berner, Mustafa Kemal Gilor
Book Image

CMake Best Practices

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


In this chapter, we briefly discussed the CMake communities that you can find online, contributing to CMake, and also good recommendations for reading and watching. There are tons of material and talks about CMake, and the content is growing day by day. Always keep an eye out for updates about CMake and regularly visit your forums of choice to keep yourself in the loop.

With that said, if you are here and reading this paragraph, then congratulations! You have reached the end of the topics we wanted to cover in this book. This was the last chapter to cover. Don't forget to apply and practice what have you learned from this book in your everyday workflow. We have enjoyed the journey we were on together and hope that the knowledge you have gained from this book proves itself useful.