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CMake Best Practices

By : Dominik Berner, Mustafa Kemal Gilor
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Book Image

CMake Best Practices

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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


The software world and the tooling we use to create software are evolving every single day. CMake is no exception here, as after over 20 years of constantly evolving, it can now be considered something of an industry standard when it comes to building C++ applications. But while CMake is very feature-rich and its documentation is very comprehensive, real-world examples and guidelines on how to use the features together are rare. This is where CMake Best Practices jumps in.

Instead of explaining every last detail and feature of CMake, this book contains examples to illustrate how CMake is best for various tasks when building software without covering every single edge case. There are other books for that. The aim of this book is to keep things as simple as possible while covering the recommended best practices for getting things done. The rationale behind this approach is that you don't need to know about all of CMake's capabilities to achieve your everyday tasks.

We will try to explain a concept first and then illustrate it with concrete examples. This way, you will learn by practice and be able to apply that knowledge to your daily work with CMake. Since the audience of this book will be mostly engineers, we have tailored the book's content accordingly. While writing this book, we are software engineers first and then authors. As a result, the content of the book is more practical than theoretical. It is a compendium of carefully selected, proven techniques that you can use in your everyday CMake workflow.

From engineers to engineers, we hope that you enjoy this book.