Babel vs gulp: What are the differences?
Some of the features offered by Babel are:
- Array comprehensions
- Arrow functions
- Async functions
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.
Babel and gulp are both open source tools. It seems that Babel with 33.5K GitHub stars and 3.57K forks on GitHub has more adoption than gulp with 31.3K GitHub stars and 4.4K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, gulp has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1158 company stacks & 689 developers stacks; compared to Babel, which is listed in 888 company stacks and 661 developer stacks.
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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.
love it！l like gulp‘s logo！
Babel is awesome! 100% of the code for Cloudcraft.co is transpiled from ES2015 (even some ES7 extensions, like decorators and class properties!), using Gulp+Browserify for the frontend and on-the-fly translation in the Node.js backend. Babel allows us to use all the features of future JS, today, giving us a efficient and clean codebase. Overall, it has been an exceptionally smooth adoption, everything Just Works(tm), including debugging with source maps, etc.
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.
When you are using modern (or sometimes experimental) features of the language, you’ll eventually have to transpile them so that your app works in a wide spectrum of user agents.
Babel is the transpilation tool of my choice.
Babel transpiles ES6/ES2015+ code to a format older browsers (*cough* IE *cough*) can understand. This allows developers to write modern JS code while remaining compatible with older systems.
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.
Babel is used in Kuro (https://github.com/Marc3842h/kuro).
Kuro is the browser facing portion of shiro. We use Babel as a easy to use build system for our frontend stack.
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.
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.