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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.
gulp is a tool in the JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners category of a tech stack.
gulp is an open source tool with 31.6K GitHub stars and 4.4K GitHub forks. Here鈥檚 a link to gulp's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses gulp?

Companies
1537 companies reportedly use gulp in their tech stacks, including Typeform, PedidosYa, and Myntra.

Developers
4441 developers on StackShare have stated that they use gulp.

gulp Integrations

Babel, Buddy, Web Starter Kit, KeyCDN, and Bitrise are some of the popular tools that integrate with gulp. Here's a list of all 16 tools that integrate with gulp.

Why developers like gulp?

Here鈥檚 a list of reasons why companies and developers use gulp
gulp Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose gulp in their tech stack.

Omid Farhang
Omid Farhang
Sr. Full Stack Developer | 11 upvotes 65.5K views
HTML5
HTML5
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
gulp
gulp
GitHub Pages
GitHub Pages
GitHub
GitHub
JavaScript
JavaScript
Google Analytics
Google Analytics

Developing static sites like a landing page for mobile app or just a personal resume using HTML5 and Bootstrap is a lot fun when you are using build tools like gulp . I made a personal resume using above tools and published them on GitHub Pages. It was fast and easy, Thanks to GitHub for the free service. All the JavaScript codes worked perfectly after being concat and minified and uglified by gulp and running perfectly on GitHub Pages. gulp created sitemap and inserted Google Analytics code into all pages and saved about 30% of images size by compressing them during build.

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Tom谩拧 Pusteln铆k
Tom谩拧 Pusteln铆k
JavaScript
JavaScript
jQuery
jQuery
gulp
gulp
Webpack
Webpack

I use JavaScript these days and for few years I didn't have to use jQuery at all. I used to use it back in the days when IE8 and similar was a thing. But due to better browser support of native functions for DOM manipulation I could move to vanilla JavaScript. Most of the time, that's all I need to work with modals/accordions and similar. But I'm not saying that jQuery is bad. It was, and still is a great tool. Some of it's features are available in all browsers nowadays so it is not so important as it used to be. But jQuery has still advantage for example in it's selector engine, some DOM selections which are easy in jQuery are a bit more difficult in vanilla JS (you have to create some helper functions or use some 3rd party library to help you with that), but to be honest I needed this on very few occasions. So it really depends on your project (supported browses, plain JS or some bundling - gulp, Webpack, whether you plan to use modules etc.). Hope this helps.

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Gustavo Mu帽oz
Gustavo Mu帽oz
Web UI Developer at Globant | 4 upvotes 21.9K views
Webpack
Webpack
Grunt
Grunt
gulp
gulp
Parcel
Parcel
#Merge
#WebPackDevServer

Using Webpack is one of the best decision ever. I have used to Grunt and gulp previously, but the experience is not the same, and despite I know there are other bundlers like Parcel, Webpack gives me the perfect balance between automatization and configuration. The ecosystem of tools and loaders is amazing, and with WebPack #merge, you can modularize your build and define standard pieces to assemble different build configurations. I don't like processes where you cannot see their guts, and you have to trust in magic a little bit too much for my taste. But also I don't want to reinvent the wheel and lose too much time configuring my build processes. And of course, I love #WebPackDevServer and hot reloading.

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StackShare Editors
StackShare Editors
GitHub
GitHub
gulp
gulp
CoffeeScript
CoffeeScript

In 2014, PagerDuty struggled with safely releasing reliable mobile applications to users due to some issues with how the code was being packaged and handled.

PagerDuty鈥檚 mobile apps are hybrid and used Cordova to share code between platforms. Coding was straightforward but packaging was not, as a separated Gulp-based build process was also being used. The PagerDuty team took a page from Java and started creating software artifacts.

Rather than checking in transformed code or publishing modules to NPM, the team started creating zipped-up build artifacts, which coincided perfectly with GitHub's Releases feature which arrived in 2013. So despite JavaScript lacking a standard packaged app format like a JAR, PagerDuty was still able to improve the build times and sizes of their mobile apps.

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Dean Stringer
Dean Stringer
at Systemic Solutions | 3 upvotes 4.4K views
gulp
gulp

Have had gulp in my build toolbox for years now. Sure all the cool kids are using Webpack etc now as do I on some projects, but I love how easy it is to knock up a config, to load the dependencies and to script the simple tasks we do most often (concat, lint check, sass, etc..) with an easily repeatable config style and less opacity than some of the heavy hitters. Might not have the one-stop-shop that the 800lb gorillas have but still relevant on the tool-belt

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gulp
gulp

We use gulp because Django asset pipeline is nonexistent. We tried plugins such as django-compressor but they felt very short of what was desired, with key features, such as adding a map file, missing or difficult to handle.

With gulp, what was taking us days was solved in one afternoon.

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gulp's 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.
  • With a minimal API surface, you can pick up gulp in no time. Your build works just like you envision it: a series of streaming pipes.

gulp Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to gulp?
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.
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.
npm
npm is the command-line interface to the npm ecosystem. It is battle-tested, surprisingly flexible, and used by hundreds of thousands of JavaScript developers every day.
Yarn
Yarn caches every package it downloads so it never needs to again. It also parallelizes operations to maximize resource utilization so install times are faster than ever.
CodeKit
Process Less, Sass, Stylus, Jade, Haml, Slim, CoffeeScript, Javascript, and Compass files automatically each time you save. Easily set options for each language.
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gulp's Followers
4251 developers follow gulp to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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