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SBT vs Mill: What are the differences?

Developers describe SBT as "An open source build tool for Scala and Java projects". It is similar to Java's Maven and Ant. Its main features are: Native support for compiling Scala code and integrating with many Scala test frameworks. On the other hand, Mill is detailed as "Simple, modern build tool for Scala and Java". It is your shiny new Java/Scala build tool. It aims for simplicity by re-using concepts you are already familiar with, borrowing ideas from modern tools like Bazel, to let you build your projects in a way that's simple, fast, and predictable.

SBT and Mill can be primarily classified as "Java Build" tools.

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Pros of Mill
Pros of SBT
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      Support for publishing artifacts in Maven, Ivy formats
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      Works across Windows, Linux and MacOS
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      Support for Zinc and BSP
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      No Breaking Changes
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      Best for Mono-Repo and Multi-Project builds
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      Preference option to build Mix Scala-Java Projects
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      IntelliJ support
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      Continuous compilation
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      Flexible
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      Dependency manageemnt
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      Incremental Builds

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    Cons of Mill
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        Learning Curve is a bit steep

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      What is Mill?

      It is your shiny new Java/Scala build tool. It aims for simplicity by re-using concepts you are already familiar with, borrowing ideas from modern tools like Bazel, to let you build your projects in a way that's simple, fast, and predictable.

      What is SBT?

      It is similar to Java's Maven and Ant. Its main features are: Native support for compiling Scala code and integrating with many Scala test frameworks.

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        What are some alternatives to Mill and SBT?
        Gradle
        Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
        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.
        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.
        Sonatype Nexus
        It is an open source repository that supports many artifact formats, including Docker, Java™ and npm. With the Nexus tool integration, pipelines in your toolchain can publish and retrieve versioned apps and their dependencies
        JFrog Artifactory
        It integrates with your existing ecosystem supporting end-to-end binary management that overcomes the complexity of working with different software package management systems, and provides consistency to your CI/CD workflow.
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