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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
We use it in development for the main application and is responsible for generating the Electron binary artifacts for the client application.
We use Grunt to automate some stuff, mostly related to tasks for the the Web App.