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gulp vs Yeoman: 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, Yeoman is detailed as "A set of tools for automating development workflow". Yeoman is a robust and opinionated set of tools, libraries, and a workflow that can help developers quickly build beautiful, compelling web apps. It is comprised of yo - a scaffolding tool using our generator system, grunt - a task runner for your build process and bower for dependency management.

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

Some of the features offered by gulp are:

  • By preferring code over configuration, gulp keeps simple things simple and makes complex tasks manageable.
  • By harnessing the power of node's streams you get fast builds that don't write intermediary files to disk.
  • gulp's strict plugin guidelines assure plugins stay simple and work the way you expect.

On the other hand, Yeoman provides the following key features:

  • Lightning-fast scaffolding — Easily scaffold new projects with customizable templates (e.g HTML5 Boilerplate, Bootstrap), RequireJS and more.
  • Great build process — Not only do you get minification and concatenation
  • I also optimize all your image files, HTML, compile your CoffeeScript and Compass files, if you're using AMD, I will pass those modules through r.js so you don't have to.

"Build speed", "Readable" and "Code-over-configuration" are the key factors why developers consider gulp; whereas "Lightning-fast scaffolding", "Automation" and "Great build process" are the primary reasons why Yeoman is favored.

gulp and Yeoman are both open source tools. It seems that gulp with 31.3K GitHub stars and 4.41K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Yeoman with 9.23K GitHub stars and 759 GitHub forks.

Typeform, PedidosYa, and Myntra are some of the popular companies that use gulp, whereas Yeoman is used by Accenture, Avocode, and Webedia. gulp has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1163 company stacks & 706 developers stacks; compared to Yeoman, which is listed in 205 company stacks and 200 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 Yeoman?

Yeoman is a robust and opinionated set of tools, libraries, and a workflow that can help developers quickly build beautiful, compelling web apps. It is comprised of yo - a scaffolding tool using our generator system, grunt - a task runner for your build process and bower for dependency management.
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    What are some alternatives to gulp and Yeoman?
    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.
    CodeKit
    Process Less, Sass, Stylus, Jade, Haml, Slim, CoffeeScript, Javascript, and Compass files automatically each time you save. Easily set options for each language.
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    Decisions about gulp and Yeoman
    Webpack
    Webpack
    gulp
    gulp
    jQuery
    jQuery
    JavaScript
    JavaScript

    I use JavaScript these days and for few years I didn't have to use jQuery at all. I used to use it back in the days when IE8 and similar was a thing. But due to better browser support of native functions for DOM manipulation I could move to vanilla JavaScript. Most of the time, that's all I need to work with modals/accordions and similar. But I'm not saying that jQuery is bad. It was, and still is a great tool. Some of it's features are available in all browsers nowadays so it is not so important as it used to be. But jQuery has still advantage for example in it's selector engine, some DOM selections which are easy in jQuery are a bit more difficult in vanilla JS (you have to create some helper functions or use some 3rd party library to help you with that), but to be honest I needed this on very few occasions. So it really depends on your project (supported browses, plain JS or some bundling - gulp, Webpack, whether you plan to use modules etc.). Hope this helps.

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    Gustavo Muñoz
    Gustavo Muñoz
    Web UI Developer at Globant · | 4 upvotes · 16.7K views
    Parcel
    Parcel
    gulp
    gulp
    Grunt
    Grunt
    Webpack
    Webpack
    #WebPackDevServer
    #Merge

    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.

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    Reviews of gulp and Yeoman
    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 Yeoman
    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 Tim De Lange
    Tim De Lange uses YeomanYeoman

    Quick scaffolding of project stacks I'm not that familiar with. Having a nice build system to start with on a new project is worth a lot.

    Avatar of Promethean TV
    Promethean TV uses YeomanYeoman

    Yeoman is used for code generation and automation of the Promethean TV Broadcast Center Tool.

    Avatar of Nick De Cooman
    Nick De Cooman uses YeomanYeoman

    Using Yeoman to generate skeleton projects. No experience with writing custom generators.

    Avatar of Reactor Digital
    Reactor Digital uses YeomanYeoman

    Scaffolding the project's file directory as well as the AngularJS boilerplate.

    Avatar of GHA Technologies
    GHA Technologies uses YeomanYeoman

    Used for scaffolding all our angular and some of our wordpress projects/demos.

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