AWS CodeBuild vs biicode: What are the differences?
Developers describe AWS CodeBuild as "Build and test code with continuous scaling". AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. On the other hand, biicode is detailed as "C/C++ dependencies manager with a hosting service". For C/C++ developers that think a dependency manager is needed, biicode is a multiplatform tool and hosting service that allows you to build your projects easily, integrate third party code and reuse code among projects with just #includes.
AWS CodeBuild can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while biicode is grouped under "C / C++ Build Tools".
Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:
- Fully Managed Build Service
- Continuous Scaling
- Enables Continuous Integration
On the other hand, biicode provides the following key features:
- Fit C/C++ source code from biicode just by writting appropiate #includes (yours and others)
- Manage dependencies at file level
- Share and publish to biicode with one command
"Pay per minute" is the primary reason why developers consider AWS CodeBuild over the competitors, whereas "To set-up my C or C++ projects in a blink of an eye" was stated as the key factor in picking biicode.
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