CircleCI vs. GNU Make

As of June 2019, CircleCI is ranked 5th in Build Automation with 1 review vs GNU Make which is ranked 6th in Build Automation with 2 reviews. The top reviewer of CircleCI writes "Seamless build process automation has increased our product velocity significantly". The top reviewer of GNU Make writes "Full-featured syntax allows building strategies as simple or as complex as needed". CircleCI is most compared with Jenkins, Travis CI and GitLab. GNU Make is most compared with Jenkins, TeamCity and CircleCI.
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The ability to automate the build process in a seamless way and run workflows effortlessly. It supports parallel builds so it can scale well. Also, it covers the basics of any build and integration tool, including email notifications (especially when tests are fixed), project insights, etc.Enables us to detect exactly which build failed and why, and to push multiple builds to our production environment at a very fast rate.Some of the most valuable features include container-based builds, integration with Bit Bucket and being able to store artifacts.

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GNU Make is such an essential tool that it is almost impossible to imagine working without it. Not having it, developers would probably have to resort to doing everything manually or via shell scripts.Makefiles are extremely easy to work with using any preferred editor. GNU Make can be run directly from the terminal, not requiring any time wasted on clicking.Full-featured syntax allows building strategies as simple or as complex as one wishes, and declarative approach fits the task really well. Wide adoption also means that everybody knows what GNU Make is and how to use it.I have not encountered any scalability issues with GNU Make. It is as scalable as the project's structure is, and then some.Setup is extremely straightforward.

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Integration with Microsoft Azure is one area for improvement. Azure is growing in its user base, and supports various cloud infrastructure components such as Service Fabric, App Service, etc. Some of Azure’s deployment models (like Kudu) require a steep learning curve, but if CircleCI would come up with such features (deployment to App Service) out of the box, it would be amazing.

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Vanilla GNU Make does not support any kind of colored output. A wrapper named colormake exists to work around this, but native (opt-in) support would be welcome.GNU Make requires using the Tab symbol as the first symbol of command line for execution. In some text editors this can be problematic, as they automatically insert spaces instead of tabs.

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GNU Make is free and open source software.There is no price for this product. No licensing. It’s open-source.

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Overview
CircleCI's continuous integration and delivery platform helps software teams rapidly release code with confidence by automating the build, test, and deploy process. CircleCI offers a modern software development platform that lets teams ramp quickly, scale easily, and build confidently every day.Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.
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