• Zero-install
  • Very portable
  • Very simple, only bare minimum of truly needed features. You don’t need to learn a whole new programming language to use the tool! Literally it’s goals + dependencies + handful of directives + bash/shell.
  • Much saner and simpler make analog.
  • A bunch of useful built-in facilities: timing the goal's execution, listing goals in a build file, a means to speed-up repeated builds.
  • The syntax of a build file is also a valid bash/shell (though semantics is different). This can to some extent be in use for editing in IDE.