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Bower vs Component: What are the differences?

Developers describe Bower as "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. On the other hand, Component is detailed as "Client package management for building better web applications". Component's philosophy is the UNIX philosophy of the web - to create a platform for small, reusable components that consist of JS, CSS, HTML, images, fonts, etc. With its well-defined specs, using Component means not worrying about most frontend problems such as package management, publishing components to a registry, or creating a custom build process for every single app.

Bower and Component can be primarily classified as "Front End Package Manager" tools.

"Package management" is the top reason why over 482 developers like Bower, while over 19 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Component.

Bower and Component are both open source tools. It seems that Bower with 15.2K GitHub stars and 1.97K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Component with 4.64K GitHub stars and 352 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Bower has a broader approval, being mentioned in 803 company stacks & 395 developers stacks; compared to Component, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.

What is Bower?

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 Component?

Component's philosophy is the UNIX philosophy of the web - to create a platform for small, reusable components that consist of JS, CSS, HTML, images, fonts, etc. With its well-defined specs, using Component means not worrying about most frontend problems such as package management, publishing components to a registry, or creating a custom build process for every single app.
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      What are some alternatives to Bower and Component?
      npm
      npm is the command-line interface to the npm ecosystem. It is battle-tested, surprisingly flexible, and used by hundreds of thousands of JavaScript developers every day.
      Yarn
      Yarn caches every package it downloads so it never needs to again. It also parallelizes operations to maximize resource utilization so install times are faster than ever.
      Webpack
      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.
      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.
      NuGet
      A free and open-source package manager designed for the Microsoft development platform. It is also distributed as a Visual Studio extension.
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      Promethean TV uses BowerBower

      PrometheanTV utilizes Bower in the Broadcast Center Tool to manage 3rd party front end dependencies including things like Angular, Bootstrap, etc.

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      Andrew Faulkner uses BowerBower

      Bower was used for a small amount of package management. npm was used everywhere but a few edge cases that only worked with Bower.

      Avatar of Kamarool Karim
      Kamarool Karim uses BowerBower

      It easily for me to have this kind of technology. She allow me to manage my front-end package

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      Reactor Digital uses BowerBower

      To provide any vendor modules used within the frontend build, mainly AngularJS libraries.

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      Casey Smith uses BowerBower

      Package manager for front-end JavaScript dependencies; part of the overall build pipeline.

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