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Brunch vs Parcel: What are the differences?
Brunch: 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; Parcel: 📦🚀 A fast, zero configuration web application bundler. Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.
Brunch and Parcel belong to "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Brunch are:
- compiles your scripts, templates, styleslints them
- wraps the scripts and templates in common.js / AMD modules.concatenates scripts and styles
- generates source maps for concatenated filescopies assets and static files
On the other hand, Parcel provides the following key features:
- Blazing fast bundle times
- Bundle all your assets
- Automatic transforms
Brunch and Parcel are both open source tools. Parcel with 32.3K GitHub stars and 1.47K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Brunch with 6.58K GitHub stars and 461 GitHub forks.
Uber Technologies, CodeCombat, and Blossom are some of the popular companies that use Brunch, whereas Parcel is used by Ratio, tigerbrokers, and Driffle. Brunch has a broader approval, being mentioned in 14 company stacks & 9 developers stacks; compared to Parcel, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.
Pros of Brunch
- Easy and awesome13
- Ultra Fast9
- Light Configuration9
- Built-in dev server with live reload4
- Simple to use3
- Has many pre-configurable framework "skeletons"2
Pros of Parcel
- Zero configuration10
- Built-in dev server with livereload8
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Cons of Brunch
Cons of Parcel
- Lack of documentation3