Bower vs BrowserStack: What are the differences?
What is Bower? A package manager for the web. Bower is a package manager for the web. It offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of front-end package management, while exposing the package dependency model via an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack. There are no system wide dependencies, no dependencies are shared between different apps, and the dependency tree is flat.
What is BrowserStack? Instant access to a lab of 1000+ real mobile and desktop browsers for testing. Live, Web-Based Browser Testing Instant access to all real mobile and desktop browsers. Say goodbye to your lab of devices and virtual machines.
Bower belongs to "Front End Package Manager" category of the tech stack, while BrowserStack can be primarily classified under "Browser Testing".
Some of the features offered by Bower are:
- Bower operates at a lower level than previous attempts at client-side package management – such as Jam, Volo, or Ender. These managers could consume Bower as a dependency.
- Bower's aim is simply to install packages, resolve dependencies from a bower.json, check versions, and then provide an API which reports on these things. Nothing more. This is a major diversion from past attempts at browser package management.
- Bower offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of package management, while exposing an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack.
On the other hand, BrowserStack provides the following key features:
- Real Device Cloud. Test on a range of physical Android and iOS mobile devices and tablets for the most accurate results
- 1100+ desktop browsers. Latest versions of IE, Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and more on a range of Windows and OS X platforms on a robust cloud infrastructure
- Test dev environments. Our Local Testing feature allows you to test development and internal websites seamlessly, without setup or configuration
"Package management", "Open source" and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Bower; whereas "Multiple browsers", "Ease of use" and "Real browsers" are the primary reasons why BrowserStack is favored.
Bower is an open source tool with 15.2K GitHub stars and 1.97K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Bower's open source repository on GitHub.
Twitter, MIT, and Typeform are some of the popular companies that use Bower, whereas BrowserStack is used by ebay, Typeform, and Wikipedia. Bower has a broader approval, being mentioned in 803 company stacks & 395 developers stacks; compared to BrowserStack, which is listed in 577 company stacks and 238 developer stacks.
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I am working on #OpenSource file uploader. The uploader is the widget that other developers embed in their apps. It should work well in different browsers and on different devices. BrowserStack and Sauce Labs help to achieve that. I can test the uploader in many varieties of browsers+OS only used my browser without virtual machines.
It's incredible how much this service has increased my productivity when it comes to testing new features in multiple browsers. And not only multiple browsers, multiple operating systems as well! And really LOVE that you can run it locally.
We only really need this for IE support
We use BrowserStack to run end to end tests with Selenium on our dashboard. It runs automatically before every deployment and cancels it if anything is out of place.
PrometheanTV utilizes Bower in the Broadcast Center Tool to manage 3rd party front end dependencies including things like Angular, Bootstrap, etc.
Bower was used for a small amount of package management. npm was used everywhere but a few edge cases that only worked with Bower.
BrowserStack is used by our development and support teams during QA and to try and reproduce bugs.
It easily for me to have this kind of technology. She allow me to manage my front-end package
To provide any vendor modules used within the frontend build, mainly AngularJS libraries.
Manually and automatically test our web and mobile apps.