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Brunch vs Grunt: What are the differences?

Developers describe Brunch as "Ultra-fast HTML5 build tool". Brunch is an assembler for HTML5 applications. It's agnostic to frameworks, libraries, programming, stylesheet & templating languages and backend technology. On the other hand, Grunt is detailed as "The JavaScript Task Runner". The less work you have to do when performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc, the easier your job becomes. After you've configured it, a task runner can do most of that mundane work for you鈥攁nd your team鈥攚ith basically zero effort.

Brunch and Grunt can be categorized as "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" tools.

"Easy and awesome" is the primary reason why developers consider Brunch over the competitors, whereas "Configuration " was stated as the key factor in picking Grunt.

Brunch and Grunt are both open source tools. It seems that Grunt with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.55K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Brunch with 6.58K GitHub stars and 461 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Grunt has a broader approval, being mentioned in 796 company stacks & 429 developers stacks; compared to Brunch, which is listed in 14 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

What is Brunch?

Brunch is an assembler for HTML5 applications. It's agnostic to frameworks, libraries, programming, stylesheet & templating languages and backend technology.

What is Grunt?

The less work you have to do when performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc, the easier your job becomes. After you've configured it, a task runner can do most of that mundane work for you鈥攁nd your team鈥攚ith basically zero effort.
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      What are some alternatives to Brunch and Grunt?
      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.
      Parcel
      Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.
      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.
      Webpacker
      Webpacker makes it easy to use the JavaScript preprocessor and bundler Webpack to manage application-like JavaScript in Rails. It coexists with the asset pipeline, as the purpose is only to use Webpack for app-like JavaScript, not images, css, or even JavaScript Sprinkles (that all continues to live in app/assets).
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      Decisions about Brunch and Grunt
      Gustavo Mu帽oz
      Gustavo Mu帽oz
      Web UI Developer at Globant | 4 upvotes 16.2K views
      Parcel
      Parcel
      gulp
      gulp
      Grunt
      Grunt
      Webpack
      Webpack
      #WebPackDevServer
      #Merge

      Using Webpack is one of the best decision ever. I have used to Grunt and gulp previously, but the experience is not the same, and despite I know there are other bundlers like Parcel, Webpack gives me the perfect balance between automatization and configuration. The ecosystem of tools and loaders is amazing, and with WebPack #merge, you can modularize your build and define standard pieces to assemble different build configurations. I don't like processes where you cannot see their guts, and you have to trust in magic a little bit too much for my taste. But also I don't want to reinvent the wheel and lose too much time configuring my build processes. And of course, I love #WebPackDevServer and hot reloading.

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      Reviews of Brunch and Grunt
      Review ofGruntGrunt

      Grunt is all based on configuration. Some of the configuration is well documented, and some pre-built Gruntfiles can be dropped in and work like a charm. But if you are ever in the position where you have to make any changes to your large and complicated Gruntfile, set aside a few days to work on it. The deeper you get into it, the less intuitive you will find it, and the more strange behaviors you will find from plugins with some 'automagical' undocumented configuration or behavior. If you want a build process that you can understand, and that six months from now you will still understand, you are better off using Gulp.

      How developers use Brunch and Grunt
      Avatar of IVS
      IVS uses GruntGrunt

      Using ES7 async/await make the whole tooling chain "problem" disappear. No more code - no grunt tasks, no problems. We don't use grunt anymore.

      Avatar of Chris Saylor
      Chris Saylor uses GruntGrunt

      We use it in development for the main application and is responsible for generating the Electron binary artifacts for the client application.

      Avatar of Cian 脫 Cuinneag谩in
      Cian 脫 Cuinneag谩in uses GruntGrunt

      Concat all javascript files, less files plus other work. Then moves all output files to build directory(declared in the build.config file).

      Avatar of Aspire
      Aspire uses GruntGrunt

      Build our client-side app: process and minify LESS, AngularJS, HTML partials, etc.

      Avatar of Giftstarter
      Giftstarter uses GruntGrunt

      We use Grunt to automate some stuff, mostly related to tasks for the the Web App.

      Avatar of Ryan Jennings
      Ryan Jennings uses BrunchBrunch

      compiling web assets

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