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CMake is the premier cross-platform build system for complex software systems. CMake generates native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of your choice (so you don't have to give up your current development environment!). CMake is both sophisticated and easy to use: it is possible to support complex environments requiring system configuration, compiler feature detection, pre-processor generation, code generation, and template instantiation using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files. CMake supports testing and is integrated with the DART regression testing system. CMake is used by many large and complex systems including VTK The Visualization Toolkit and ITK The Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit.
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