When I started working on Cake in 2014, I did it to scratch an itch I had. Fake existed (which has been a tremendous initial inspiration), but I didn't know F# enough to be confident enough to bet our build process on it. A lot has happened since then; .NET has changed, and so has Cake. We've moved from a separate
Mono engine to a unified one based on
Roslyn. We've added support for
8, and just recently
9. In addition to
.NET Framework, we've added support for every version of
.NET Core, from the early beta to .NET 5. The project has also gone from a single maintainer to nine, which I think is the biggest reason for its success.