Bower vs Notepad++: 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 Notepad++? Free source code editor and Notepad replacement. Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
Bower and Notepad++ are primarily classified as "Front End Package Manager" and "Text Editor" tools respectively.
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, Notepad++ provides the following key features:
- Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
- User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding: screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3 and screenshot 4
- PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
"Package management", "Open source" and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Bower; whereas "Syntax for all languages that i use", "Tabbed ui" and "Great code editor" are the primary reasons why Notepad++ 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.
According to the StackShare community, Bower has a broader approval, being mentioned in 803 company stacks & 395 developers stacks; compared to Notepad++, which is listed in 187 company stacks and 499 developer stacks.