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AWS CodeBuild vs gulp: What are the differences?

AWS CodeBuild: Build and test code with continuous scaling. AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers; gulp: The streaming build system. 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.

AWS CodeBuild can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while gulp is grouped under "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners".

Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:

  • Fully Managed Build Service
  • Continuous Scaling
  • Enables Continuous Integration

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.

"Pay per minute" is the top reason why over 4 developers like AWS CodeBuild, while over 454 developers mention "Build speed" as the leading cause for choosing gulp.

gulp is an open source tool with 31.3K GitHub stars and 4.4K GitHub forks. Here's a link to gulp's open source repository on GitHub.

AdRoll, GoSquared, and CrowdFlower are some of the popular companies that use gulp, whereas AWS CodeBuild is used by Convox, Volta Industries, and ChromaDex. gulp has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1158 company stacks & 690 developers stacks; compared to AWS CodeBuild, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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What is AWS CodeBuild?

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

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.
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      What are some alternatives to AWS CodeBuild and gulp?
      Jenkins
      In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
      AWS CodePipeline
      CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.
      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.
      GitLab CI
      GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.
      Travis CI
      Free for open source projects, our CI environment provides multiple runtimes (e.g. Node.js or PHP versions), data stores and so on. Because of this, hosting your project on travis-ci.com means you can effortlessly test your library or applications against multiple runtimes and data stores without even having all of them installed locally.
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      Decisions about AWS CodeBuild and gulp
      Webpack
      Webpack
      gulp
      gulp
      jQuery
      jQuery
      JavaScript
      JavaScript

      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 Muñoz
      Gustavo Muñoz
      Web UI Developer at Globant · | 4 upvotes · 15.4K views
      Parcel
      Parcel
      gulp
      gulp
      Grunt
      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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      Avatar of nzoschke
      Engineering Manager at Segment
      Review ofAWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

      The open-source Convox Platform-as-a-Service is built entirely on AWS cloud services.

      Through this lens, it's been obvious that AWS has been missing a managed build service. For the past year we've had to work around this by building our own build service on ECS and ECR. You can read more on my AWS Missing Parts: Build Service blog post.

      So I'm excited to finally have this service. After a quick weekend prototype, the service works as expected and will unlock Cheaper, Faster and Safer Builds for our systems.

      This is a classic AWS service. It's tricky to figure out all the options. I recommend jumping straight to the Docker example docs:

      You'll need to figure IAM, Build Project JSON, and Build Spec YAML to get it all working.

      But once you do, you've unlocked managed builds on small, medium or large compute types. No instances required!

      Avatar of gdi2290
      Co-Founder and CTO at Tipe
      Review ofgulpgulp

      Gulp is a new build system which shows a lot of promise. The use of streams and code-over-configuration makes for a simpler and more intuitive build. There isn't much boilerplate code so you're able to roll your own asset pipeline. Even if you don't know node.js streams, gulp is pretty readable and easier to understand.

      PS: It's worth saying if you know Grunt then you can learn Gulp in a day.

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      pm at 36kr
      Review ofgulpgulp

      love it!l like gulp‘s logo!

      How developers use AWS CodeBuild and gulp
      Avatar of Cloudcraft
      Cloudcraft uses gulpgulp

      Gulp is used as the build system for Cloudcraft.co with a lot of custom targets: vendoring dependencies, transpiling ES2015 to Ecmascript5 (with Babel), incremental compilation of multiple watched modules, minification, creation of app distribution packages etc. Having previously used Grunt, I've come to greatly prefer Gulp due to the ability to easily write my own tasks using plain JS without necessarily relying on plugins for everything.

      Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses gulpgulp

      gulp is used to package our plugins for the WSC (Woltlab Suite Core) in a fast, convenient and code-driven way. We enjoy the comfort it offers with stuff like the gzip-plugin or tar-packing.

      Avatar of Refractal
      Refractal uses gulpgulp

      For all our frontend site builds, Grunt allows us to do one-click builds for SASS, Coffeescript and other tools, with minifying and general restructuring built right in.

      Avatar of IVS
      IVS uses gulpgulp

      gulp is a fancy alternative to grunt (that we don't use anymore). Just use async/await instead of "stream" everything (which is a nonsens). We don't use gulp.

      Avatar of Tinker Travel
      Tinker Travel uses gulpgulp

      If a project has a more complex build, gulp allows us to build a flexible build pipeline and automatically rebuild on files changes. Speeds up JS development.

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      Patty R uses AWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

      build, test, deploys code

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