Grunt vs Apache Maven: What are the differences?
Grunt belongs to "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" category of the tech stack, while Apache Maven can be primarily classified under "Java Build Tools".
"Configuration ", "Open source" and "Automation of minification and live reload" are the key factors why developers consider Grunt; whereas "Dependency management", "Necessary evil" and "I’d rather code my app, not my build" are the primary reasons why Apache Maven is favored.
Grunt and Apache Maven are both open source tools. It seems that Grunt with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.55K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Apache Maven with 1.74K GitHub stars and 1.28K GitHub forks.
Medium, Twitter, and Udemy are some of the popular companies that use Grunt, whereas Apache Maven is used by Zillow, Intuit, and Zalando. Grunt has a broader approval, being mentioned in 796 company stacks & 429 developers stacks; compared to Apache Maven, which is listed in 305 company stacks and 142 developer stacks.
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We use Apache Maven because it is a standard. Gradle is very good alternative, but Gradle doesn't provide any advantage for our project. Gradle is slower (without running daemon), need more resources and a learning curve is quite big. Our project can not use a great flexibility of Gradle. On the other hand, Maven is well-know tool integrated in many IDEs, Dockers and so on.
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.
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.
Java build tool for internal processes: Jezebel daemon (in-mem classifiers/recommendations/feature analysis), Connemara (batch resume stream processor) and opes (opening elasticsearch plugin, simple process that listens for new incoming resumes and triggers analysis by Jezebel via a tcp json command).
All Java-Projects are compiled using Maven. We prefer it over Ant and Gradle as it combines lightweightness with feature-richness and offers basically all we can imagine from a software project-management tool and more.
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.
We use it in development for the main application and is responsible for generating the Electron binary artifacts for the client application.
Package management and build automation for the back-end, plus integration of front-end build automation using Gulp/Bower/NPM.
We use Grunt to automate some stuff, mostly related to tasks for the the Web App.
Necessary for Google j2objc