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Apache Ant vs CMake: What are the differences?

What is Apache Ant? Java based build tool. Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.

What is CMake? *An open-source system that manages the build process *. It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.

Apache Ant and CMake can be categorized as "Java Build" tools.

Apache Ant is an open source tool with 247 GitHub stars and 254 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Ant's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Apache Ant has a broader approval, being mentioned in 24 company stacks & 12 developers stacks; compared to CMake, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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Pros of Apache Ant
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    Flexible
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    Simple
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    Easy to learn
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    Easy to write own java-build-hooks
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    Has package registry

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Cons of Apache Ant
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    Slow
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    Old and not widely used anymore
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    What is Apache Ant?

    Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.

    What is CMake?

    It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.

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    What are some alternatives to Apache Ant and CMake?
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    Gradle
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    Apache Maven
    Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
    Apache Tomcat
    Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
    Jenkins
    In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
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