Build systems are tools used for compiling source code and assembling/packaging the results.

Build systems covers a wide range of tools that are used to compile/assemble/transform source code into executables, libraries, and other artifacts; these tools can include (but are not limited to) e.g. make, ant, gradle, maven, etc.

These systems can also be covered/described by terms like "build automation", "build servers"; more information on tools of this kind can be found on Wikipedia.

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