.NET build tool using Bullseye and SimpleExec

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  • bullseye

    🎯 A .NET library for running a target dependency graph.

    I personally advocate Bullseye in combination with SimpleExec as a build tool for .NET projects due to its sheer simplicity by providing a bare bones API to define the tasks and their dependent tasks in plain C# code. Both these libraries are build by Adam Ralph. It does not enforce any specific model or structure to write your build tasks. When someone runs through the build script, it is fairly straight forward to understand whats going on. We use this build tool setup for Marten for both local dev and CI build tasks and has worked well so far. Also many OSS projects have adopted it.

  • simple-exec

    🏃 A .NET library that runs external commands.

    I personally advocate Bullseye in combination with SimpleExec as a build tool for .NET projects due to its sheer simplicity by providing a bare bones API to define the tasks and their dependent tasks in plain C# code. Both these libraries are build by Adam Ralph. It does not enforce any specific model or structure to write your build tasks. When someone runs through the build script, it is fairly straight forward to understand whats going on. We use this build tool setup for Marten for both local dev and CI build tasks and has worked well so far. Also many OSS projects have adopted it.

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  • Marten

    .NET Transactional Document DB and Event Store on PostgreSQL

    I personally advocate Bullseye in combination with SimpleExec as a build tool for .NET projects due to its sheer simplicity by providing a bare bones API to define the tasks and their dependent tasks in plain C# code. Both these libraries are build by Adam Ralph. It does not enforce any specific model or structure to write your build tasks. When someone runs through the build script, it is fairly straight forward to understand whats going on. We use this build tool setup for Marten for both local dev and CI build tasks and has worked well so far. Also many OSS projects have adopted it.

  • bullseye-sample

    We will take a simple sample .NET project available in GitHub which has the following setup and then attempt to add a build script for it:

  • FAKE

    FAKE - F# Make

    NAnt was quite a popular build tool used by projects of all sizes targeting .NET Framework on Windows. I have written many complex build systems using NAnt in the past. But XML based DSL was quite clunky to use and maintain. Besides, it was always a daunting task to explain to a new dev on the team. With .NET Core/.NET becoming a cross-platform framework, CAKE and FAKE gained a lot of adoption providing a C# and F# based DSL for build tasks accordingly.

  • Cake

    :cake: Cake (C# Make) is a cross platform build automation system.

    NAnt was quite a popular build tool used by projects of all sizes targeting .NET Framework on Windows. I have written many complex build systems using NAnt in the past. But XML based DSL was quite clunky to use and maintain. Besides, it was always a daunting task to explain to a new dev on the team. With .NET Core/.NET becoming a cross-platform framework, CAKE and FAKE gained a lot of adoption providing a C# and F# based DSL for build tasks accordingly.

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