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Bundler vs RequireJS: What are the differences?

What is Bundler? *A consistent environment for tracking and installing gems and versions *. It provides a consistent environment for Ruby projects by tracking and installing the exact gems and versions that are needed. It is an exit from dependency hell, and ensures that the gems you need are present in development, staging, and production.

What is RequireJS? JavaScript file and module loader. RequireJS loads plain JavaScript files as well as more defined modules. It is optimized for in-browser use, including in a Web Worker, but it can be used in other JavaScript environments, like Rhino and Node. It implements the Asynchronous Module API. Using a modular script loader like RequireJS will improve the speed and quality of your code.

Bundler and RequireJS are primarily classified as "Dependency Management" and "Front End Package Manager" tools respectively.

RequireJS is an open source tool with 12.3K GitHub stars and 2.29K GitHub forks. Here's a link to RequireJS's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, RequireJS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1121 company stacks & 967 developers stacks; compared to Bundler, which is listed in 4 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

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What is Bundler?

It provides a consistent environment for Ruby projects by tracking and installing the exact gems and versions that are needed. It is an exit from dependency hell, and ensures that the gems you need are present in development, staging, and production.

What is RequireJS?

RequireJS loads plain JavaScript files as well as more defined modules. It is optimized for in-browser use, including in a Web Worker, but it can be used in other JavaScript environments, like Rhino and Node. It implements the Asynchronous Module API. Using a modular script loader like RequireJS will improve the speed and quality of your code.
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        What are some alternatives to Bundler and RequireJS?
        Metro Bundler
        🚅 Fast: We aim for sub-second reload cycles, fast startup and quick bundling speeds. ⚖️ Scalable: Works with thousands of modules in a single application. ⚛️ Integrated: Supports every React Native project out of the box.
        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.
        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.
        Browserify
        Browserify lets you require('modules') in the browser by bundling up all of your dependencies.
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        Tarun Singh uses RequireJSRequireJS

        Used Require.js to make the application modular. It provides better dependency management with asynchronous loading of scripts.

        Avatar of Kent Steiner
        Kent Steiner uses RequireJSRequireJS

        No real definitive reason, I find it to be the most natural way to import libraries and code in nodejs (prior to ES6 / import).

        Avatar of Promethean TV
        Promethean TV uses RequireJSRequireJS

        The RequireJS package manager is used by various web applications and services to manage dependencies on 3rd party libraries.

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        Tim De Lange uses RequireJSRequireJS

        Very nice way to structure a project, as long as you know it will not be a hybrid app.

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        Hevelop uses RequireJSRequireJS

        RequireJS is the main component until Magento 2.2.x for frontend development.

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