Modern CMake

with Julien Jomier in Lyon, France

September 30, 2019 (1 day long)

This course covers in depth how CMake works and how to efficiently write CMake scripts for small to larger projects. The second part of the course covers unit testing with CTest, packaging with CPack and continuous integration with CDash. 
The training mixes theory and application with a set of tutorials and exercises.


  1. Configure simple and complex projects with CMake

  2. Understand the basics of CMake (variables, cache, flow, etc.)

  3. Experiment unit testing with CTest

  4. Package full applications with CPack

  5. Setup a continuous integration platform with CDash

  6. Quickly get up to speed with the various tools: CMake, CPack, CTest and CDash


  1. C/C++ : Basic knowledge


Getting Started with CMake

  • CMake history
  • Use the tool to configure projects in a totally cross platform manner
  • CMake's major features
  • CMake pipeline configuration

Setup projects with CMake

  • CMake syntax: variables, cache usage, and workflow management
  • Use of modules, external packages management, system configuration and installation commands
  • Understand the system's introspection
  • Pass parameters to the compiler and write specific commands (macros, functions)

Packaging with CPack

  • Introduction to the packaging tool: CPack (provided with CMake)
  • Quickly and efficiently package applications on multiple platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux (Debian installers and Yum)

Writing unit tests with CTest

  • Advanced presentation of the tool handling unit tests: CTest
  • Quickly and easily test applications and algorithms

Continuous Integration with CDash

  • Implement a continuous integration system prototype 
  • Send unit tests to the CDash website
  • Maintains a global overview of the software quality
  • Unique CDash features: code coverage, memory analysis, client configuration
This training course will be taught in English.
Course notes are also in English.
Participants are asked to bring a laptop computer for this training session.
The instructor will communicate all the specifications required to each participants before the training session.

Lunch is included.

All Kitware training courses can be customized and held at Kitware's training centers (In the EU: Lyon, France; or in the US: Clifton Park, New York; Carrboro, North Carolina; Santa Fe, New Mexico) or at your own site (quotation).

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A 10% discount (540 € VAT excluded) is applied for students.

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September 30, 2019

Current price: 600 €*

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About the instructor

Julien Jomier is currently directing Kitware's European subsidiary in Lyon, France (Kitware SAS), where he focuses on European business development.

Julien received both his B.S. and M.S in Electrical Engineering and Information Processing in 2002 from the ESCPE-Lyon (France) and an M.S. in Computer Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2003. He worked on a variety of projects in the areas of parallel and distributed computing, mobile computing, image processing and visualization.

Julien is one of the main developers of CDash and a contributor to CMake and CTest. Julien is also an active developer and user of VTK and ParaView. Julien has more than 10 years’ experience in visualization and image processing and has taught numerous training classes on ITK, VTK, ParaView and CMake at several major conferences and companies all over the world.

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