Grunt vs Parcel: What are the differences?
Grunt and Parcel can be primarily classified as "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" tools.
Grunt 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 Grunt with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.55K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Grunt has a broader approval, being mentioned in 796 company stacks & 429 developers stacks; compared to Parcel, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.
What is Grunt?
What is Parcel?
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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.
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.