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Likelihood to Recommend

GNU Make

GNU Make is a great tool for simple builds where language-specific options are not available, or to provide shortcuts for common commands (e.g., "make build" as shorthand for "go build ..." with a bunch of flags). However, it is complementary to other build systems. It does not replace them, which is perhaps one of its greatest strengths as well (works with existing ecosystem instead of trying to do everything). GMU Make it simple to get started with, and the philosophy of understanding how sources map to outputs, as well as the dependency graph, are beneficial.
Jonathan Yu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

Gradle is an ideal tool to build an application that is complex and/or distributed. It is well suited for builds that use a CI engine such as Jenkins or Bamboo, and a repository such as Artifactory.
Dirce Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

GNU Make

  • Performance and accuracy of cross-module dependencies.
  • Simple to write and easy to understand.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

  • Build Cache - Enables quick build on dev machines
  • Supports multi project builds - enabling modular architecture
  • Customizable build tasks
  • Support for multiple JVM languages
Sharique Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

GNU Make

  • No dependency management tools (but there are no cross-platform tools of this type anyway)
  • Tedious to do cross-compilation (Debug & Release builds, 32- and 64-bit builds, x86/ARM builds)
Jonathan Yu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

  • Still under development, not as mature as Maven
  • Build files aren't as easy to follow because they are so loose
  • The community isn't as large as Maven
David Tanner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

GNU Make

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Gradle

Gradle 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Gradle's language construct is good
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

GNU Make

No score
No answers yet
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Gradle

Gradle 3.0
Based on 1 answer
I have tried to use Gradle for projects several times in the past, but there is just so much work in maintaining the build file that it quickly becomes untenable. I have been using Maven for many years, and even though the build file can be complex, it works without maintenance between releases.
David Tanner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

GNU Make

GNU Make 7.1
Based on 2 answers
In general, it is fair to say the support is sufficient although we do not deal with support directly. There are a lot of forum people chiming in with suggestions or recommendations of particular usage or issues we run into. Since it is open software, patch and fixes will be available from time to time. A lot of information is available in the web now for knowing GNU Make from learning, example, teaching, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

Gradle 8.9
Based on 7 answers
Gradle has been an excellent tool for Android development. It has helped us create multiple versions of the app for different environments. It also takes care of all the packaging needs in the background without having to write all the code related to that. It is a no brainer to use Gradle with Android applications.
Mohit Goenka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

GNU Make

I'm a full-stack developer that has used various build tools, including Maven, Gradle, and NPM/yarn. For our C projects, I also investigated CMake and Ninja, but they seemed more difficult to learn and more tedious to work with. GNU Make is a single binary that can be easily downloaded, even for Windows under MingW32, is straightforward to learn, and works pretty well despite its age.
Jonathan Yu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

SBT works fine for Scala but when I tried to use it with Java it was hard to configure and I gave up. Maven is awesome but the pom.xml file tends to be really big which makes it hard to read. Grunt is suitable only for js projects.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

GNU Make

  • Streamline the build based on a lot of existing component being done, reusable.
  • Commonly understandable, therefore, rampup effort is small.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gradle

  • In a distributed development environment, once we established a strong CI/CD model, Gradle proved to be a great choice to automate the various processes. Gradle also provides much flexibility, which is essential in today's development environment. The important benefit is that the CI/CD engineers can support development's needs quickly and reliably. This in turn supports faster testing and deployment, which generates higher ROI.
Dirce Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

GNU Make

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Gradle

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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