Modern CMake for C++

By Rafal Swidzinski
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About this book

Creating top-notch software is an extremely difficult undertaking. Developers researching the subject have difficulty determining which advice is up-to-date and which approaches have already been replaced by easier, better practices. At the same time, most online resources offer limited explanation, while also lacking the proper context and structure.

This book offers simpler, more complete experience, as it treats the subject of building C++ solutions holistically. Modern CMake for C++ is an end-to-end guide to the automatization of complex tasks, including building, testing and packaging. You'll not only learn how to use the CMake language in CMake projects, but also discover what makes them maintainable, elegant and clean. The book later focuses on the structure of source directories, building targets and packages. As you progress, you’ll learn how to compile and link executables and libraries, how those processes work, and how to optimize builds in CMake for the best results. You'll also understand how to use external dependencies in your project - third-party libraries, testing frameworks, program analysis tools, and documentation generators. Finally, you'll focus on exporting, installing, and packaging for internal and external purposes.

By the end of this book, you’ll be able to use CMake confidently on a professional level.

Publication date:
April 2022

About the Author

  • Rafal Swidzinski

    Rafal Swidzinski is a technical lead for Cisco Meraki. With over 10 years of professional experience as a full-stack developer he was able to experiment with vast multitude of programming languages and technologies. During this time he was building software under his own company and for corporations like Amazon and Ericsson.

    Originally from Łódź, Poland, he's now living in London, UK from where he's running a YouTube channel "Smok" discussing topics of software development. Through high quality software videos, he tackles technical problems, including real life and work related challenges encountered by many people in the field. He explains the technical concepts in detail and demystifies the craft of being a software engineer.

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