Is your makefile supposed to be a justfile?

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  • Task

    A task runner / simpler Make alternative written in Go

    Mage is good, I've never tried but it looks very similar. This is where I give the Ruby community props, Rake really set the tone for the whole a-make-equivalent-but-better-in-your-code's-language movement. Python has Invoke, Javascript has a number of similar tools as well.

  • golang-standards/project-layout

    Standard Go Project Layout

    I started with golang a little under 5 months ago and I've been noticing that a lot of golang projects use makefile! Even the standard project layout template on GitHub has a makefile as part of the template.

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  • just

    🤖 Just a command runner

    IMO, using make in a go project seems kinda pointless because the go compiler can already build and manage dependencies of go projects. It can also run go:generate commands found in files. This means what you need (short of a shell script) is a way to run tasks and maybe create dependencies between the tasks, and just is more than capable of doing this, as well as many others.

  • goyek

    Build automation Go library.

    I think that Make is so popular, because Go comes from C. Many C and C++ devs migrated to Go. Personally, I created goyek as an alternative.

  • gotaskr

    A generic task runner for Go

    May I present my alternative It is kind of similar to magefile but provides some other features similar to cake build and inbuilt tools useful for devops. And also it is a plain go program so no magic compilation in the background. It replaced basically 100 bash files in our rather complex build/deploy setup. Sometimes a declarative approach is just not enough.

  • spok

    It's a build system Jim, but not as we know it 🖖 (by FollowTheProcess)

    Shameless plug for a tool I wrote: Spok

  • provisioning-backend

    Microservice providing API to provisioning capabilities

    Our project does have extensive makefile broken down into individual files so it is more readable. As you can see, we have targets for database, code quality, modules, testing, client generation, OpenAPI etc. It also has a trivial help:

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  • weaver

    Programming framework for writing and deploying cloud applications.

  • gotestsum

    'go test' runner with output optimized for humans, JUnit XML for CI integration, and a summary of the test results.

  • mage

    a Make/rake-like dev tool using Go


  • earthly

    Super simple build framework with fast, repeatable builds and an instantly familiar syntax – like Dockerfile and Makefile had a baby.


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