What is SCons?
It is an Open Source software construction tool—that is, a next-generation build tool. Think of it as an improved, cross-platform substitute for the classic Make utility with integrated functionality similar to autoconf/automake and compiler caches such as ccache. In short, it is an easier, more reliable and faster way to build software.
SCons is a tool in the Automated Build Tools category of a tech stack.
SCons is an open source tool with 1.5K GitHub stars and 272 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to SCons's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses SCons?
Java, Visual Studio, C++, Qt, and Perforce are some of the popular tools that integrate with SCons. Here's a list of all 6 tools that integrate with SCons.
- Reliable, automatic dependency analysis built-in for C, C++ and Fortran
- Use the power of a real programming language to solve build problems
- Built-in support for fetching source files from SCCS, RCS, CVS, BitKeeper and Perforce
- Reliable detection of build changes using MD5 signatures
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