We are using CMake already for years in my company to develop cross-platform software. CMake is really a great piece of software, but the user experience in Visual Studio was not great. It worked, but we often needed to explain how, and the typical Visual Studio user didn’t know CMake at all.
Now CMake support has been built into Visual Studio directly, which means
- you can open CMake projects directly.
- there is no need to generate Visual Studio solutions anymore.
- you can configure CMake options from the GUI.
- you can directly execute CMake targets like “install” from the Solution Explorer.
Watch this video to see it in action:
This is is really some great news for the Visual Studio world. Hopefully even more developers will use CMake now in the future.