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Alexander Melnyk
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Jan 17 2018

What is most valuable?

Lack of any GUI, full-featured declarative syntax, wide adoption. Makefiles are extremely easy to work with using any preferred editor. GNU Make can be run directly from… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

GNU Make is free and open source software. Free as in "freedom." Just download the last version from your repository if you don't have it yet.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I did not used anything different before. GNU Make was always there for me.

What other advice do I have?

GNU Make is an extremely helpful and automatic building tool, useful in many diverse appliances. It is extremely hard to imagine contemporary C/C++ development without… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, I did not evaluate other options. GNU Make is the standard tool, and I wished to work with it, as such.
Michael Savisko
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 17 2018

What do you think of GNU Make?

How has it helped my organization?

Built projects.

What is most valuable?

Building projects.

What needs improvement?

Tabs. 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

There’s no support for this product, it’s open source.

Which solutions did we use previously?

No previous solution.

How was the initial setup?

Extremely straightforward.

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