Shortcut Your Path to Building C++ Code like a Pro
CMake is a powerful build tool for C/C++, but can be an absolute pain to use. Scouring the internet for hours each time you need to modify your CMakelists.txt file is no fun. Even worse, you often end up learning the “wrong” (old) way of doing things. There are a lot of old CMake tutorials and examples out there…
The “Learn Modern CMake by Example” book/course will save you hours of time and frustration, by teaching you the correct (modern) ways to perform the most common build tasks.
Deliberately Short & Focused on Results
The CMake Tutorial is deliberately short, and focused sharply on making CMake do what you need it to. It doesn’t cover every nook and cranny (of CMake), nor does it bog you down with endless theory and backstory. Your time is valuable, so it’s designed to get you up and running quickly.
No drowning you with details on every single CMake feature (that’s what the official documentation is for). It’s got only the bits you’re most likely to need, which have been organized for fast learning.
What You’ll Learn
- CMakelists.txt files & how CMake works
- Compiling multiple source files into one program
- Using third-party libraries
- Using non-CMake third-party libraries
- Using pre-compiled third-party libraries
- Choosing the C++ standard version, and other settings
- Setting per-compiler flags
- Creating static and dynamic libraries
- Compiling debug and release versions
- Tackling larger projects (multi-directory)
Meet the Author – Hans de Ruiter
Hi, I’m Hans, and I have decades of experience writing software in C, C++, and other languages too. For the longest time, I avoided CMake like the plague. I found the syntax to be cryptic, the documentation to be useless, and the error messages to be unintelligible.
That all changed when a project forced me to try CMake again. To my pleasant surprise, modern CMake was a lot better. It was easier to use, and both the errors and documentation were easier to understand.
The learning curve is still on the steep side, especially with a large volume of outdated tutorials out there. So, I’ve taken the time to learn the right way to learn modern CMake.
I created this book/course because I didn’t find a resource to quickly learn the essentials of modern CMake.