About

RudeBuild is a bulk/unity C++ build tool for Visual Studio, developed by Martin Ecker. This is free, open source software under the zlib license.

RudeBuild is a non-intrusive bulk/unity C++ build tool that seamlessly integrates into Visual Studio 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015. It can speed up build times of large C++ projects by a factor of 5 or more. RudeBuild also supports the use of IncrediBuild to speed up your build times even more.

RudeBuild comes in two flavors, as a command-line tool that works on Visual Studio solution files and as a Visual Studio addin complete with toolbar and menus.

When used as an addin the toolbar acts and looks just like the regular build toolbar but behind the scenes a bulk/unity build of C++ projects is triggered, automatically combining the .cpp files into unity files in a cache location and running devenv to build the modified solution/project. Using RudeBuild in this manner is transparent to the developer and requires no modification to the original source code or project files whatsoever given that the codebase is bulk/unity build-safe. Being bulk/unity-build safe means that there are no symbols with the same name in two different translation units. For example, it is invalid to have a static function called GetFileTime in both File1.cpp and File2.cpp.

Here are some screen shots from the add-in version of RudeBuild in Visual Studio 2010:

RudeBuild Main Menu

RudeBuild Main Menu

RudeBuild Toolbar

RudeBuild Toolbar

RudeBuild Right-Click Menu

RudeBuild Right-Click Menu

The command line version of RudeBuild is useful for automated builds, for example on build servers. A solution file, build configuration and optionally a project name must be specified on the command line.

RudeBuild is written in C# and requires the .NET framework 3.5 or higher.
It also uses the CommandLineParser library that is available here: http://commandline.codeplex.com

RudeBuild is developed by Martin Ecker who can be contacted at the email address me@<thisdomain>.com, or @martin_ecker on Twitter, or via his website.

 

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