GNU Make vs. TeamCity

As of June 2019, GNU Make is ranked 6th in Build Automation with 2 reviews vs TeamCity which is ranked 3rd in Build Automation with 6 reviews. The top reviewer of GNU Make writes "Full-featured syntax allows building strategies as simple or as complex as needed". The top reviewer of TeamCity writes "The flexibility of the product allows it to support a seemingly infinite number of build workflows". GNU Make is most compared with Jenkins, TeamCity and CircleCI. TeamCity is most compared with Jenkins, GitLab and Bamboo. See our GNU Make vs. TeamCity report.
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Michael Savisko
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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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I have not yet implemented the remote build feature, but this will be a big plus. We want to be able to build legacy products on a build agent without developers needing to have obsolete tool sets installed on their local PC.The flexibility of TeamCity allows it to fit in workflows that I have yet to imagine.It provides repeatable CI/CD throughout our company with lots of feedback on failures and successes to the intended audiences via email and Slack.Using TeamCity and emailing everyone on fail is one way to emphasize the importance of testing code and showing management why taking the time to test actually does saves time from having to fix bugs on the other end.It's easy to move to a new release because of templates and meta-runners, and agent pooling.VCS Trigger: Provides excellent source control support.Good integration with IDE and JetBrains products.

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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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Their online documentation is fairly extensive, but sometimes you can end up navigating in circles to find answers. I would like them (or partner with someone)​ to provide training classes to help newcomers get things up and running more quickly.It will benefit this solution if they keep up to date with other CI/CD systems out there.Last time I used it, dotnet compilation had to be done via PowerShell scripts. There was actually a lot that had to be scripted.REST API support lacks many features in customization of builds, jobs, and settings.The upgrade process could be smoother. Upgrading major versions can often cause some pain.I would suggest creating simple and advanced configurations. Advanced configurations will give more customizations like Jenkins does.

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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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Start with the free tier for a few build configs and see how it works for you, then according to your scale find the enterprise license which fits you the most.

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6th
out of 23 in Build Automation
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511
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2
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27,839
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6
Average Words per Review
265
Avg. Rating
8.3
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Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.

TeamCity is a Continuous Integration and Deployment server that provides out-of-the-box continuous unit testing, code quality analysis, and early reporting on build problems. A simple installation process lets you deploy TeamCity and start improving your release management practices in a matter of minutes. TeamCity supports Java, .NET and Ruby development and integrates perfectly with major IDEs, version control systems, and issue tracking systems.

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