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Bower vs Gradle: What are the differences?

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; Gradle: 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.

Bower belongs to "Front End Package Manager" category of the tech stack, while Gradle can be primarily classified under "Java Build Tools".

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, Gradle provides the following key features:

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

"Package management" is the top reason why over 482 developers like Bower, while over 106 developers mention "Flexibility" as the leading cause for choosing Gradle.

Bower and Gradle are both open source tools. Bower with 15.2K GitHub stars and 1.97K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Gradle with 9.23K GitHub stars and 2.7K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Bower has a broader approval, being mentioned in 803 company stacks & 395 developers stacks; compared to Gradle, which is listed in 465 company stacks and 360 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 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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What are some alternatives to Bower and Gradle?
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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Apache Maven
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We use Apache Maven because it is a standard. Gradle is very good alternative, but Gradle doesn't provide any advantage for our project. Gradle is slower (without running daemon), need more resources and a learning curve is quite big. Our project can not use a great flexibility of Gradle. On the other hand, Maven is well-know tool integrated in many IDEs, Dockers and so on.

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Giovanni Candido da Silva uses GradleGradle

The main build tool. Integrate and delegate build to NodeJS in the client application, and build the server, its used for development productivity and production optimisations and quality. Automate all machine scripts and build things from dev to continuous integration to production

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Cirrus Labs uses GradleGradle

All 20+ micro-services that power Cirrus CI are living in a single mono repository. Gradle is using for testing and building Docker containers for all services.

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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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Kang Hyeon Ku uses GradleGradle

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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.

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Refractal uses GradleGradle

Gradle is used generally as our Android build tool, simplifying dependencies and general build process dramatically.

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claudiofus uses GradleGradle

Accelerate developer productivity. Gradle helps teams build, automate and deliver better software, faster.

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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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