[webkit-dev] CMake as a build system?
treat at kde.org
Fri Apr 16 14:29:50 PDT 2010
On Friday 16 April 2010 05:10:25 pm Bill Hoffman wrote:
> Adam Treat (treat at kde.org) suggested that I join this list to talk about
> CMake as an option for a unified cross platform build solution. My name
> is Bill Hoffman. I am the lead CMake developer. My company Kitware
> created and supports CMake. I think CMake would have a lot to offer the
> WebKit developers.
> If you are not familiar with CMake, I did a google tech talk in December
> which can be found here:
> Another article about how KDE switched to CMake can be found here:
> "Why the KDE project switched to CMake -- and how"
> If you are interested in moving to CMake, I would be interested in
> helping. If you have any questions about CMake, fire away!
I asked Bill to introduce himself here because I think CMake represents the
best hope for WebKit to find a way out of the current build system
proliferation we are experiencing. Of the meta-buildsystems in existence I
think CMake is by far the most powerful and mature. CMake is by far the most
widespread and supported. It is already used successfully by Open Source
projects of a comparable scope to WebKit and with similar cross-platform
needs: LLVM, KDE, Boost.
I know that WebKit already has GYP and QMake meta-buildsystems, but to my
knowledge both are inferior to CMake. In fact, I do not think CMake is
lacking in any important way to the features of GYP.
What's more, the WebKit project has already had a CMake based buildsystem.
This is what the 'Unity' nascent QtWebkit port used originally. I think we
should re-introduce it and seriously consider using CMake as a cross-platform
solution to our build system proliferation issues.
I highly encourage you all to view the google tech talk above as it gives a
great introduction to CMake.
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