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Decisions about Bundler and Webpack
Aleksandr Filatov
Contract Software Engineer - Microsoft · | 4 upvotes · 132.6K views
Why migrated?

I could define the next points why we have to migrate:

  • Decrease build time of our application. (It was the main cause).
  • Also jspm install takes much more time than npm install.
  • Many config files for SystemJS and JSPM. For Webpack you can use just one main config file, and you can use some separate config files for specific builds using inheritance and merge them.
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We mostly use rollup to publish package onto NPM. For most all other use cases, we use the Meteor build tool (probably 99% of the time) for publishing packages. If you're using Node on FHIR you probably won't need to know rollup, unless you are somehow working on helping us publish front end user interface components using FHIR. That being said, we have been migrating away from Atmosphere package manager towards NPM. As we continue to migrate away, we may publish other NPM packages using rollup.

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Pros of Bundler
Pros of Webpack
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    • 308
      Most powerful bundler
    • 182
      Built-in dev server with livereload
    • 142
      Can handle all types of assets
    • 87
      Easy configuration
    • 21
      Laravel-mix
    • 4
      Overengineered, Underdeveloped
    • 2
      Webpack-Encore
    • 2
      Makes it easy to bundle static assets
    • 1
      Redundant
    • 1
      Better support in Browser Dev-Tools

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    Cons of Bundler
    Cons of Webpack
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      • 12
        Hard to configure
      • 3
        No clear direction
      • 2
        Spaghetti-Code out of the box
      • 2
        SystemJS integration is quite lackluster
      • 2
        Loader architecture is quite a mess (unreliable/buggy)
      • 2
        Fire and Forget mentality of Core-Developers

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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 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.

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