This looks rather interesting. Anyone using xmake? I was browsing the manual, and a substantial portion seems to be in Chinese (and the authors seem to be working on that). Having a Lua-based alternative to CMake would be pretty nice.
I am sorry for the incomplete English document, I am trying to translate it.
Premake is another one.
I’ve yet to try either, but the idea of “CMake without the arcane DSL” is certainly appealing.
Premake is used a lot for games and middleware. It’s pretty good, I don’t like everything about it but it’s certainly better than cmake.
There’s also tundra but I don’t think that has as much traction.
If you have very simple build requirements (and I would argue that you should because build systems are the devil) then it’s quite easy to write a scriptable Makefile generator. See one and two. Vcxproj generation is trickier but still easy enough to figure out just by looking at what VS/premake generate for simple projects, or you can just use Cygwin and make but then getting files to rebuild when their headers do is annoying.
You can use xmake to build project in cmd directly and it can also generate vcproj: $ xmake project -k vs2017