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Apache Ant vs Grunt: What are the differences?

What is Apache Ant? Java based build tool. Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.

What is Grunt? The JavaScript Task Runner. 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.

Apache Ant can be classified as a tool in the "Java Build Tools" category, while Grunt is grouped under "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners".

"Flexible" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Apache Ant, while over 287 developers mention "Configuration " as the leading cause for choosing Grunt.

Apache Ant and Grunt are both open source tools. Grunt with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.55K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Apache Ant with 247 GitHub stars and 254 GitHub forks.

Medium, Twitter, and Udemy are some of the popular companies that use Grunt, whereas Apache Ant is used by LinkedIn, Webedia, and Atmel. Grunt has a broader approval, being mentioned in 796 company stacks & 429 developers stacks; compared to Apache Ant, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

What is Apache Ant?

Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.

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—and your team—with basically zero effort.
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      What are some alternatives to Apache Ant and Grunt?
      Eclipse
      Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
      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.
      Apache Maven
      Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
      CMake
      It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.
      Sonatype Nexus
      It is an open source repository that supports many artifact formats, including Docker, Java™ and npm. With the Nexus tool integration, pipelines in your toolchain can publish and retrieve versioned apps and their dependencies
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      Decisions about Apache Ant and Grunt
      Gustavo Muñoz
      Gustavo Muñoz
      Web UI Developer at Globant · | 4 upvotes · 9.6K views
      Parcel
      Parcel
      gulp
      gulp
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      Grunt
      Webpack
      Webpack
      #WebPackDevServer
      #Merge

      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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      Reviews of Apache Ant and Grunt
      Review ofGruntGrunt

      Grunt is all based on configuration. Some of the configuration is well documented, and some pre-built Gruntfiles can be dropped in and work like a charm. But if you are ever in the position where you have to make any changes to your large and complicated Gruntfile, set aside a few days to work on it. The deeper you get into it, the less intuitive you will find it, and the more strange behaviors you will find from plugins with some 'automagical' undocumented configuration or behavior. If you want a build process that you can understand, and that six months from now you will still understand, you are better off using Gulp.

      How developers use Apache Ant and Grunt
      Avatar of IVS
      IVS uses GruntGrunt

      Using ES7 async/await make the whole tooling chain "problem" disappear. No more code - no grunt tasks, no problems. We don't use grunt anymore.

      Avatar of Chris Saylor
      Chris Saylor uses GruntGrunt

      We use it in development for the main application and is responsible for generating the Electron binary artifacts for the client application.

      Avatar of Cian Ó Cuinneagáin
      Cian Ó Cuinneagáin uses GruntGrunt

      Concat all javascript files, less files plus other work. Then moves all output files to build directory(declared in the build.config file).

      Avatar of Aspire
      Aspire uses GruntGrunt

      Build our client-side app: process and minify LESS, AngularJS, HTML partials, etc.

      Avatar of Giftstarter
      Giftstarter uses GruntGrunt

      We use Grunt to automate some stuff, mostly related to tasks for the the Web App.

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      ByeongGi uses Apache AntApache Ant
      • 전 회사 레거시 프로젝트에서 war 빌드시에 사용하였다.
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