Bazel vs Xcode: What are the differences?
What is Bazel? Correct, reproducible, fast builds for everyone. Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google's software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google's development environment.
What is Xcode? The complete toolset for building great apps. The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Bazel can be classified as a tool in the "Java Build Tools" category, while Xcode is grouped under "Integrated Development Environment".
Some of the features offered by Bazel are:
- Multi-language support: Bazel supports Java, Objective-C and C++ out of the box, and can be extended to support arbitrary programming languages.
- High-level build language: Projects are described in the BUILD language, a concise text format that describes a project as sets of small interconnected libraries, binaries and tests. By contrast, with tools like Make you have to describe individual files and compiler invocations.
- Multi-platform support: The same tool and the same BUILD files can be used to build software for different architectures, and even different platforms. At Google, we use Bazel to build both server applications running on systems in our data centers and client apps running on mobile phones.
On the other hand, Xcode provides the following key features:
- Source Editor
- Assistant Editor
- Asset Catalog
"Fast" is the top reason why over 18 developers like Bazel, while over 127 developers mention "IOS Development" as the leading cause for choosing Xcode.
Bazel is an open source tool with 12.4K GitHub stars and 2.02K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Bazel's open source repository on GitHub.
Pinterest, Instacart, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use Xcode, whereas Bazel is used by Google, Asana, and Square. Xcode has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1051 company stacks & 603 developers stacks; compared to Bazel, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.
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