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Brunch vs rollup: What are the differences?

Brunch: Ultra-fast HTML5 build tool. Brunch is an assembler for HTML5 applications. It's agnostic to frameworks, libraries, programming, stylesheet & templating languages and backend technology; rollup: The next-generation JavaScript module bundler. 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.

Brunch and rollup can be categorized as "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" tools.

Brunch is an open source tool with 6.58K GitHub stars and 461 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Brunch's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Brunch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 14 company stacks & 9 developers stacks; compared to rollup, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about Brunch and rollup

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 Brunch
Pros of rollup
  • 13
    Easy and awesome
  • 9
    Ultra Fast
  • 9
    Light Configuration
  • 4
    Built-in dev server with live reload
  • 3
    Simple to use
  • 2
    Has many pre-configurable framework "skeletons"
  • 3
    Makes it easy to publish packages
  • 3
    Easier configuration
  • 2
    Better tree shaking
  • 2
    Provides smaller bundle size
  • 1
    Produces very clean code
  • 1
    Very reliable
  • 1
    Very robust Plugin-API (years old Plugins still work)
  • 1
    Very flexible
  • 1
    Was built with ESM-Modules in mind
  • 1
    Integrates seamlessly with SystemJS

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Cons of Brunch
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      No clear path for static assets
    • 1
      No Loader like Webpack (need to use sjs or ESM imports)
    • 1
      Almost everything needs to be a Plugin
    • 1
      Manual Chunking is a bit buggy

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    What is Brunch?

    Brunch is an assembler for HTML5 applications. It's agnostic to frameworks, libraries, programming, stylesheet & templating languages and backend technology.

    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 Brunch and rollup?
    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.
    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.
    Parcel
    Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.
    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.
    Vite
    It is an opinionated web dev build tool that serves your code via native ES Module imports during dev and bundles it with Rollup for production.
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