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Pika Pack vs Webpack: What are the differences?

What is Pika Pack? 📦⚡️ 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.

What is Webpack? A bundler for javascript and friends. 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.

Pika Pack and Webpack can be primarily classified as "JS Build Tools / JS Task Runners" tools.

Pika Pack and Webpack are both open source tools. Webpack with 49.8K GitHub stars and 6.27K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Pika Pack with 1.73K GitHub stars and 23 GitHub forks.

Decisions about Pika Pack and Webpack
Aleksandr Filatov
Contract Software Engineer - Microsoft · | 4 upvotes · 134.8K views
Why migrated?

I could define the next points why we have to migrate:

  • Decrease build time of our application. (It was the main cause).
  • Also jspm install takes much more time than npm install.
  • Many config files for SystemJS and JSPM. For Webpack you can use just one main config file, and you can use some separate config files for specific builds using inheritance and merge them.
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We mostly use rollup to publish package onto NPM. For most all other use cases, we use the Meteor build tool (probably 99% of the time) for publishing packages. If you're using Node on FHIR you probably won't need to know rollup, unless you are somehow working on helping us publish front end user interface components using FHIR. That being said, we have been migrating away from Atmosphere package manager towards NPM. As we continue to migrate away, we may publish other NPM packages using rollup.

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Pros of Pika Pack
Pros of Webpack
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    • 308
      Most powerful bundler
    • 182
      Built-in dev server with livereload
    • 142
      Can handle all types of assets
    • 87
      Easy configuration
    • 21
      Laravel-mix
    • 4
      Overengineered, Underdeveloped
    • 2
      Webpack-Encore
    • 2
      Makes it easy to bundle static assets
    • 1
      Redundant
    • 1
      Better support in Browser Dev-Tools

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    Cons of Pika Pack
    Cons of Webpack
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      • 12
        Hard to configure
      • 3
        No clear direction
      • 2
        Spaghetti-Code out of the box
      • 2
        SystemJS integration is quite lackluster
      • 2
        Loader architecture is quite a mess (unreliable/buggy)
      • 2
        Fire and Forget mentality of Core-Developers

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      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.

      What is 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.

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        What are some alternatives to Pika Pack and Webpack?
        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.
        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.
        rollup
        It is a module bundler for JavaScript which compiles small pieces of code into something larger and more complex, such as a library or application. It uses the new standardized format for code modules included in the ES6 revision of JavaScript, instead of previous idiosyncratic solutions such as CommonJS and AMD.
        Parcel
        Parcel is a web application bundler, differentiated by its developer experience. It offers blazing fast performance utilizing multicore processing, and requires zero configuration.
        Vite
        It is an opinionated web dev build tool that serves your code via native ES Module imports during dev and bundles it with Rollup for production.
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