I want CMake to have a project initializer to start quickly, similar to xmake or cargo init - The Cargo Book. The advantage for new users is they don’t have to deal with CMake files. One of the goals is to provide a very simple project to get a project going. I don’t want this command to support hundreds of use cases, it would be minimalist, simple and easy to maintain.
The suggested user interface can look something like this:
$ cmake --create my-project $ cd my-project $ cmake -S. -Bbuild
The user didn’t have to create/manipulate any CMake files or learn the syntax. The new command will provide a minimalist CMake project initializer, and it will set up a new project ready to be compiled.
If we compare this to the current way, without any external help from 3rd party tools it looks something like this:
$ mkdir my-project $ cd my-project $ $EDITOR main.cpp // Write default hello world! $ $EDITOR CMakeLists.txt // Write minimum of 2 lines to get started $ cmake -S. -Bbuild
There are 3rd party tools that can provide project initializers for CMake. Here is an example: cmake-init · PyPI. One issue that I see with those tools is that you need to install something else to get started with CMake. If a user requires something more complex or an enterprise template, I think that should be a 3rd party tool.
CMake is a meta-build system. If I want a project generator, maybe I should use a different tool?