Then the internet became more complicated.
That’s where build tools become important.
What is a Build Tool?
A ‘build’ is an application that is ready for other users to access and run on their own system. Ideally, you want this build to be as lightweight, bug-free, and effective as possible.
With a module bundler, programmers can go from 1. building with access to a file system to 2. creating an application in its finished stage, designed to work without access to that system.
With this type of system in place, the application you develop will be faster, cleaner, and easier to put together. This will save time for you in development and time for the end user when he or she runs the leaner, cleaner application.
Spotlight on Webpack and Gulp
Gulp recognizes that a lot of development time is spent on painfully repetitive tasks. It works to reduce that annoyance so developers can get on with building.
Its plugins are very simple. All adhere to quality guidelines. As a developer, you can rely on this code to work as expected, without unwanted additions.
There are over 3700 gulp plugins right now, used by over 1000 companies.
Using Build Tools and Automation Systems Wisely
Whatever you choose, it should make your life easier, not more difficult, especially when it comes to automation. You will know that your build tools and automation systems are working well when you can program with a smile on your face.