Gradle vs gulp

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Gradle vs gulp: What are the differences?

Gradle: A powerful build system for the JVM. Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites; gulp: The streaming build system. 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.

Gradle and gulp are primarily classified as "Java Build" and "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Gradle are:

  • Declarative builds and build-by-convention
  • Language for dependency based programming
  • Structure your build

On the other hand, gulp provides the following key 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.

"Flexibility" is the primary reason why developers consider Gradle over the competitors, whereas "Build speed" was stated as the key factor in picking gulp.

Gradle and gulp are both open source tools. It seems that gulp with 31.3K GitHub stars and 4.4K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Gradle with 9.16K GitHub stars and 2.67K GitHub forks.

PedidosYa, Mailgun, and Sellsuki are some of the popular companies that use gulp, whereas Gradle is used by Lyft, PedidosYa, and Third Iron. gulp has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1158 company stacks & 689 developers stacks; compared to Gradle, which is listed in 456 company stacks and 351 developer stacks.

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Pros of Gradle
Pros of gulp
  • 109
    Flexibility
  • 51
    Easy to use
  • 47
    Groovy dsl
  • 22
    Slow build time
  • 10
    Crazy memory leaks
  • 8
    Fast incremental builds
  • 4
    Kotlin DSL
  • 1
    Windows Support
  • 454
    Build speed
  • 277
    Readable
  • 244
    Code-over-configuration
  • 210
    Open source
  • 175
    Node streams
  • 107
    Intuitive
  • 84
    Lots of plugins
  • 66
    Works great with browserify
  • 45
    Easy to Learn
  • 17
    Laravel-elixir
  • 4
    build workflow
  • 3
    Great community
  • 3
    Simple & flexible
  • 2
    Stylus intergration
  • 2
    jade intergration
  • 0
    Well documented
  • 0
    Clean Code

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Cons of Gradle
Cons of gulp
  • 7
    Inactionnable documentation
  • 6
    It is just the mess of Ant++
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    Hard to decide: ten or more ways to achieve one goal
  • 2
    Bad Eclipse tooling
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    Dependency on groovy
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    What is Gradle?

    Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.

    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.

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    In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
    Groovy
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