Babel vs Gradle

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Babel vs Gradle: What are the differences?

Developers describe Babel as "Use next generation JavaScript, today". Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support. On the other hand, Gradle is detailed as "A powerful build system for the JVM". 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.

Babel belongs to "JavaScript Compilers" category of the tech stack, while Gradle can be primarily classified under "Java Build Tools".

Some of the features offered by Babel are:

  • Array comprehensions
  • Arrow functions
  • Async functions

On the other hand, Gradle provides the following key features:

  • Declarative builds and build-by-convention
  • Language for dependency based programming
  • Structure your build

"Modern Javascript works with all browsers" is the top reason why over 160 developers like Babel, while over 106 developers mention "Flexibility" as the leading cause for choosing Gradle.

Babel and Gradle are both open source tools. It seems that Babel with 33.5K GitHub stars and 3.57K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Gradle with 9.16K GitHub stars and 2.67K GitHub forks.

SendGrid, Sentry, and Yahoo! are some of the popular companies that use Babel, whereas Gradle is used by Lyft, PedidosYa, and Third Iron. Babel has a broader approval, being mentioned in 888 company stacks & 661 developers stacks; compared to Gradle, which is listed in 456 company stacks and 351 developer stacks.

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Pros of Babel
Pros of Gradle
  • 163
    Modern Javascript works with all browsers
  • 77
    Open source
  • 60
    Integration with lots of tools
  • 56
    Easy setup
  • 26
    Very active on github
  • 2
    Love
  • 2
    JSX
  • 2
    Source maps
  • 1
    Extensions
  • 109
    Flexibility
  • 51
    Easy to use
  • 47
    Groovy dsl
  • 22
    Slow build time
  • 10
    Crazy memory leaks
  • 8
    Fast incremental builds
  • 4
    Kotlin DSL
  • 1
    Windows Support

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Cons of Babel
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    • 7
      Inactionnable documentation
    • 6
      It is just the mess of Ant++
    • 4
      Hard to decide: ten or more ways to achieve one goal
    • 2
      Bad Eclipse tooling
    • 2
      Dependency on groovy

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    What is Babel?

    Babel will turn your ES6+ code into ES5 friendly code, so you can start using it right now without waiting for browser support.

    What is 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.

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