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We mostly use rollup to publish package onto NPM. For most all other use cases, we use the Meteor build tool (probably 99% of the time) for publishing packages. If you're using Node on FHIR you probably won't need to know rollup, unless you are somehow working on helping us publish front end user interface components using FHIR. That being said, we have been migrating away from Atmosphere package manager towards NPM. As we continue to migrate away, we may publish other NPM packages using rollup.

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Pros of Browserify
Pros of rollup
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    Node style browser code
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    Load modules installed by npm
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    Works great with gulp.js
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    NPM modules in the brower
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    Open source
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    Node streams
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    Easy setup
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    Makes it easy to publish packages
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    Easier configuration
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    Better tree shaking
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    Provides smaller bundle size
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    Produces very clean code
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    Very reliable
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    Very robust Plugin-API (years old Plugins still work)
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    Very flexible
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    Was built with ESM-Modules in mind
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    Integrates seamlessly with SystemJS

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Cons of Browserify
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      No clear path for static assets
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      No Loader like Webpack (need to use sjs or ESM imports)
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      Almost everything needs to be a Plugin
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      Manual Chunking is a bit buggy

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    What is Browserify?

    Browserify lets you require('modules') in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies.

    What is rollup?

    It is a module bundler for JavaScript which compiles small pieces of code into something larger and more complex, such as a library or application. It uses the new standardized format for code modules included in the ES6 revision of JavaScript, instead of previous idiosyncratic solutions such as CommonJS and AMD.

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    What are some alternatives to Browserify and rollup?
    Bower is a package manager for the web. It offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of front-end package management, while exposing the package dependency model via an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack. There are no system wide dependencies, no dependencies are shared between different apps, and the dependency tree is flat.
    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.
    Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support.
    RequireJS loads plain JavaScript files as well as more defined modules. It is optimized for in-browser use, including in a Web Worker, but it can be used in other JavaScript environments, like Rhino and Node. It implements the Asynchronous Module API. Using a modular script loader like RequireJS will improve the speed and quality of your code.
    Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.
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