Gradle vs gulp: What are the differences?
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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