Brunch vs Webpack: What are the differences?
Brunch and Webpack 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 "Most powerful bundler" was stated as the key factor in picking Webpack.
Brunch and Webpack are both open source tools. It seems that Webpack with 49.5K GitHub stars and 6.22K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Brunch with 6.58K GitHub stars and 461 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Webpack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2181 company stacks & 1297 developers stacks; compared to Brunch, which is listed in 14 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.
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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.
Webpack is the best bundler. Period.
Yes, it has a(n arguably) messy documentation, and a steep learning curve; but once you get the hang of it, there is nothing you cannot do with it.
Use it and you don’t have to use any other bundler at all.
It has a vivid ecosystem, and great plugin support.
My preferred build tool; allows me to bundle my JSX, JS, CSS files for easy access and I can pass the bundle through my node server for server side rendering.
Flexible building and compiling of source for browser consumption, mainly for JS, but experimenting a little with CSS (although I prefer StylusJS for CSS).
We use this to optimise the delivery of the client-side for our revised Admin System, so it's able to be delivered to browsers as efficiently as possible.
Webpack compiles files to bundles with source maps. Using Webpack you can use the latest features (ES6) and have it compiled to compliant js.