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What is gulp?

Build system automating tasks: minification and copying of all JavaScript files, static images. More capable of watching files to automatically rerun the task when a file changes.
gulp is a tool in the JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners category of a tech stack.
gulp is an open source tool with 32.4K GitHub stars and 4.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to gulp's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses gulp?

Companies
1682 companies reportedly use gulp in their tech stacks, including Stack, ViaVarejo, and Typeform.

Developers
8201 developers on StackShare have stated that they use gulp.

gulp Integrations

Babel, TSLint, Buddy, Bitrise, and Web Starter Kit are some of the popular tools that integrate with gulp. Here's a list of all 16 tools that integrate with gulp.
Pros of gulp
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Build speed
277
Readable
244
Code-over-configuration
210
Open source
175
Node streams
107
Intuitive
84
Lots of plugins
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Works great with browserify
45
Easy to Learn
17
Laravel-elixir
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build workflow
3
Great community
3
Simple & flexible
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Stylus intergration
2
jade intergration
0
Well documented
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Clean Code
Decisions about gulp

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose gulp in their tech stack.

Joshua Dean Küpper
CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 1 upvote · 3.4K views

gulp is used to package our plugins for the WSC (Woltlab Suite Core) in a fast, convenient and code-driven way. We enjoy the comfort it offers with stuff like the gzip-plugin or tar-packing.

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Scenario: I want to integrate Prettier in our code base which is currently using ESLint (for .js and .scss both). The project is using gulp.

It doesn't feel quite right to me to use ESLint, I wonder if it would be better to use Stylelint or Sass Lint instead.

I completed integrating ESLint + Prettier, Planning to do the same with [ Stylelint || Sasslint || EsLint] + Prettier.

And have gulp 'fix' on file save (Watcher).

Any recommendation is appreciated.

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gulp's Features

  • By preferring code over configuration, gulp keeps simple things simple and makes complex tasks manageable.
  • By harnessing the power of node's streams you get fast builds that don't write intermediary files to disk.
  • gulp's strict plugin guidelines assure plugins stay simple and work the way you expect.
  • With a minimal API surface, you can pick up gulp in no time. Your build works just like you envision it: a series of streaming pipes.

gulp Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to gulp?
Grunt
The less work you have to do when performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc, the easier your job becomes. After you've configured it, a task runner can do most of that mundane work for you—and your team—with basically zero effort.
Webpack
A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows to load parts for the application on demand. Through "loaders" modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.
npm
npm is the command-line interface to the npm ecosystem. It is battle-tested, surprisingly flexible, and used by hundreds of thousands of JavaScript developers every day.
Yarn
Yarn caches every package it downloads so it never needs to again. It also parallelizes operations to maximize resource utilization so install times are faster than ever.
CodeKit
Process Less, Sass, Stylus, Jade, Haml, Slim, CoffeeScript, Javascript, and Compass files automatically each time you save. Easily set options for each language.
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gulp's Followers
7314 developers follow gulp to keep up with related blogs and decisions.