soong is a level above ninja. ninja is still the back-end. but instead of
kati translating makefiles into ninja files, soong turns blueprint (.bp)
files into ninja files.

the way i've heard it described is that ninja is the assembly language for
make-like tasks, but not something you should use directly. the ninja home
page (https://ninja-build.org/) says as much: "Ninja ... differs from other
build systems ... it is designed to have its input files generated by a
higher-level build system".
On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 10:32 AM Rob Landley <r...@landley.net> wrote:

> I checked
https://android.googlesource.com/platform/external/toybox/+log/master
> as part of the release audit and... did soong replace ninja?
> https://android.googlesource.com/platform/build/soong/ doesn't say...

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