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gulp vs RequireJS: What are the differences?

Developers describe gulp as "The streaming build system". 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. On the other hand, RequireJS is detailed as "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.

gulp belongs to "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" category of the tech stack, while RequireJS can be primarily classified under "Front End Package Manager".

"Build speed", "Readable" and "Code-over-configuration" are the key factors why developers consider gulp; whereas "Open source", "Modular script loader " and "Asynchronous " are the primary reasons why RequireJS is favored.

gulp and RequireJS are both open source tools. It seems that gulp with 31.3K GitHub stars and 4.41K forks on GitHub has more adoption than RequireJS with 12.2K GitHub stars and 2.3K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, gulp has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1163 company stacks & 705 developers stacks; compared to RequireJS, which is listed in 916 company stacks and 185 developer stacks.

What is 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.

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 gulp and RequireJS?
      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.
      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.
      Parcel
      Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.
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      Reviews of gulp and RequireJS
      Avatar of gdi2290
      Co-Founder and CTO at Tipe
      Review ofgulpgulp

      Gulp is a new build system which shows a lot of promise. The use of streams and code-over-configuration makes for a simpler and more intuitive build. There isn't much boilerplate code so you're able to roll your own asset pipeline. Even if you don't know node.js streams, gulp is pretty readable and easier to understand.

      PS: It's worth saying if you know Grunt then you can learn Gulp in a day.

      Avatar of longgge
      pm at 36kr
      Review ofgulpgulp

      love it!l like gulp‘s logo!

      How developers use gulp and RequireJS
      Avatar of Cloudcraft
      Cloudcraft uses gulpgulp

      Gulp is used as the build system for Cloudcraft.co with a lot of custom targets: vendoring dependencies, transpiling ES2015 to Ecmascript5 (with Babel), incremental compilation of multiple watched modules, minification, creation of app distribution packages etc. Having previously used Grunt, I've come to greatly prefer Gulp due to the ability to easily write my own tasks using plain JS without necessarily relying on plugins for everything.

      Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses gulpgulp

      gulp is used to package our plugins for the WSC (Woltlab Suite Core) in a fast, convenient and code-driven way. We enjoy the comfort it offers with stuff like the gzip-plugin or tar-packing.

      Avatar of Refractal
      Refractal uses gulpgulp

      For all our frontend site builds, Grunt allows us to do one-click builds for SASS, Coffeescript and other tools, with minifying and general restructuring built right in.

      Avatar of IVS
      IVS uses gulpgulp

      gulp is a fancy alternative to grunt (that we don't use anymore). Just use async/await instead of "stream" everything (which is a nonsens). We don't use gulp.

      Avatar of Tinker Travel
      Tinker Travel uses gulpgulp

      If a project has a more complex build, gulp allows us to build a flexible build pipeline and automatically rebuild on files changes. Speeds up JS development.

      Avatar of Tarun Singh
      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.

      Avatar of Tim De Lange
      Tim De Lange uses RequireJSRequireJS

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

      Avatar of Hevelop
      Hevelop uses RequireJSRequireJS

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

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