Babel vs Modernizr: What are the differences?
Some of the features offered by Babel are:
- Array comprehensions
- Arrow functions
- Async functions
On the other hand, Modernizr provides the following key features:
- Easy to deliver tiered experiences
- Make use of the latest and greatest features in browsers
- Without leaving less fortunate users high and dry.
Babel and Modernizr are both open source tools. Babel with 34.1K GitHub stars and 3.69K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Modernizr with 23.8K GitHub stars and 3.04K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Babel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1234 company stacks & 3698 developers stacks; compared to Modernizr, which is listed in 28 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.
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Babel is awesome! 100% of the code for Cloudcraft.co is transpiled from ES2015 (even some ES7 extensions, like decorators and class properties!), using Gulp+Browserify for the frontend and on-the-fly translation in the Node.js backend. Babel allows us to use all the features of future JS, today, giving us a efficient and clean codebase. Overall, it has been an exceptionally smooth adoption, everything Just Works(tm), including debugging with source maps, etc.
When you are using modern (or sometimes experimental) features of the language, you’ll eventually have to transpile them so that your app works in a wide spectrum of user agents.
Babel is the transpilation tool of my choice.
Babel transpiles ES6/ES2015+ code to a format older browsers (*cough* IE *cough*) can understand. This allows developers to write modern JS code while remaining compatible with older systems.
Babel is used in Kuro (https://github.com/Marc3842h/kuro).
Kuro is the browser facing portion of shiro. We use Babel as a easy to use build system for our frontend stack.