A set of extensions to the open-source SCons build tool (www.scons.org)
IntroductionWhat is the Software Construction Toolkit?
A toolkit for building applications. Open-source, so you can use it for building open-source products. Based on the open-source SCons build tool. Written in python; easily extended by writing tool modules. Documented. Tested. Your friend!
A sample of features:
Build Windows, Linux, Mac desktop platforms with a single set of build files. Support for parallel (multi-processor) builds on all platforms. Support for distributed builds via distcc and Incredibuild. Generate Visual Studio solution and project files.
Why is the only tool in the toolkit a hammer?
If you have a hammer, what other tools do you need? Once you start using it, everything looks like a nail - it's flexible enough you want to use it for all your build needs. Getting hammered is just as much fun for project builds as it is for developers. Because typing 'software_construction_toolkit.bat' would be too painful.
Why is this project separate from SCons? Why not just change SCons itself?
SCons is a very flexible build tool. Where we can improve SCons while maintaining its flexibility, we're contributing changes directly back to SCons. Software Construction Toolkit provides a framework of additional builders and tools for SCons to make cross-platform development and testing easier. This framework does make some assumptions about the structure of a build - for example, that all libraries have distinct names. To preserve SCons's flexibility, we've kept the parts of the framework which rely on those assumptions in a separate project.
DocumentationIntroduction to the Software Construction Toolkit
Glossary of all functions, variables, and methods added by the Software Construction Toolkit
Examples of common tasks
Developing Software Construction Toolkit:
Writing and running tests