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Grunt vs Pika Pack: What are the differences?

Developers describe Grunt as "The JavaScript Task Runner". The less work you have to do when performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc, the easier your job becomes. After you've configured it, a task runner can do most of that mundane work for you—and your team—with basically zero effort. On the other hand, Pika Pack is detailed as "📦⚡️ npm package building, reimagined". @pika/pack connects pre-configured plugins to build and optimize your package for you. Plugins wrap already-popular tools like Babel and Rollup with options already optimized for npm. This lets @pika/pack build your package without much (if any) configuration required on your part.

Grunt and Pika Pack can be categorized as "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" tools.

Grunt and Pika Pack are both open source tools. It seems that Grunt with 11.9K GitHub stars and 1.55K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Pika Pack with 1.73K GitHub stars and 23 GitHub forks.

What is Grunt?

The less work you have to do when performing repetitive tasks like minification, compilation, unit testing, linting, etc, the easier your job becomes. After you've configured it, a task runner can do most of that mundane work for you—and your team—with basically zero effort.

What is Pika Pack?

@pika/pack connects pre-configured plugins to build and optimize your package for you. Plugins wrap already-popular tools like Babel and Rollup with options already optimized for npm. This lets @pika/pack build your package without much (if any) configuration required on your part.
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          What are some alternatives to Grunt and Pika Pack?
          gulp
          Build system automating tasks: minification and copying of all JavaScript files, static images. More capable of watching files to automatically rerun the task when a file changes.
          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.
          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.
          Gradle
          Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
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          Review ofGruntGrunt

          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.

          How developers use Grunt and Pika Pack
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          IVS uses GruntGrunt

          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.

          Avatar of Chris Saylor
          Chris Saylor uses GruntGrunt

          We use it in development for the main application and is responsible for generating the Electron binary artifacts for the client application.

          Avatar of Cian Ó Cuinneagáin
          Cian Ó Cuinneagáin uses GruntGrunt

          Concat all javascript files, less files plus other work. Then moves all output files to build directory(declared in the build.config file).

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          Aspire uses GruntGrunt

          Build our client-side app: process and minify LESS, AngularJS, HTML partials, etc.

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          Giftstarter uses GruntGrunt

          We use Grunt to automate some stuff, mostly related to tasks for the the Web App.

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