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Very simple to use and a great way to optimize repetitive tasks, like optimize PNG images, convert to WebP, create sprite images with CSS.

I didn't choose Grunt because of the fact it uses files and Gulp uses memory, making it faster for my use case since I need to work with 3000+ small images. And the fact Gulp has 32k+ stars on GitHub.

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Pros of Grunt
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    Open source
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    Automation of minification and live reload
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    Great community
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    SASS compilation
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    Build speed
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    Open source
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    Node streams
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    Lots of plugins
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    Works great with browserify
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    Easy to Learn
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    build workflow
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    Great community
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    Simple & flexible
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    Stylus intergration
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    jade intergration
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    Well documented
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    Clean Code
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    Zero configuration
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    Built-in dev server with livereload

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    Poor mindshare/community support
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    What is 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鈥攁nd your team鈥攚ith basically zero effort.

    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.

    What is Parcel?

    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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