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We mostly use rollup to publish package onto NPM. For most all other use cases, we use the Meteor build tool (probably 99% of the time) for publishing packages. If you're using Node on FHIR you probably won't need to know rollup, unless you are somehow working on helping us publish front end user interface components using FHIR. That being said, we have been migrating away from Atmosphere package manager towards NPM. As we continue to migrate away, we may publish other NPM packages using rollup.

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Pros of Babel
Pros of rollup
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    Modern Javascript works with all browsers
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    Open source
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    Integration with lots of tools
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    Easy setup
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    Very active on github
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    Source maps
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  • 4
    Makes it easy to publish packages
  • 3
    Easier configuration
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    Better tree shaking
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    Provides smaller bundle size
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    Integrates seamlessly with SystemJS
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    Produces very clean code
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    Very reliable
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    Very robust Plugin-API (years old Plugins still work)
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    Very flexible
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    Was built with ESM-Modules in mind

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      No clear path for static assets
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      No Loader like Webpack (need to use sjs or ESM imports)
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      Almost everything needs to be a Plugin
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      Manual Chunking is a bit buggy

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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 rollup?

    It is a module bundler for JavaScript which compiles small pieces of code into something larger and more complex, such as a library or application. It uses the new standardized format for code modules included in the ES6 revision of JavaScript, instead of previous idiosyncratic solutions such as CommonJS and AMD.

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    What are some alternatives to Babel and rollup?
    A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows to load parts for the application on demand. Through "loaders" modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.
    TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript.
    It adds syntactic sugar inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell in an effort to enhance JavaScript's brevity and readability. Specific additional features include list comprehension and de-structuring assignment.
    A pluggable and configurable linter tool for identifying and reporting on patterns in JavaScript. Maintain your code quality with ease.
    It’s a collection of superfast tests or detects as we like to call them which run as your web page loads, then you can use the results to tailor the experience to the user. It tells you what HTML, CSS and JavaScript features the user’s browser has to offer.
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