The web service IFTTT lets users automate the processes of over 200 different web applications, services, and devices according to rules defined by users. The rules, also known as recipes, fall into one of two categories: 'if recipes' made of one component, and 'do recipes' composed of two. Many pre-packaged recipes can be found online, and can be easily tested, even by beginners. ...
What is a task runner?
A task runner is a program that automates one or several computer processes, which the user would otherwise have to do manually. The automation of these procedures is extremely valuable, particularly when it comes to tasks that need to be carried out on a regular basis. By optimising workflow with a task runner, you can save valuable time, which can help you apply yourself in other areas. The different solutions mostly vary in how they are programmed and how they work internally. This means users always have control over which procedures are carried out by the tool, and which not.
What is Grunt?
The list of plugins is automatically generated by the npm module database. Grunt plugins with the ‘contrib’ label are extensions that are officially supported by the developers. These are also marked with an asterisk.
In addition to the option to modify or extend existing tasks, experienced developers can also create their own automation modules to adjust the task runner to suit their specific requirements.
What is Gulp?
Gulp also has a number of premade tasks in plugin form. In the official directory on the gulp.js website, users can find over 3000 extensions, such as gulp-jekyll (a compilation of Jekyll projects), gulp-php-minify (optimisation of PHP codes), and gulp-cssmyicons (for converting SVG icons into CSS).
Gulp vs. Grunt: similarities and differences at a glance
However, while Gulp is primarily based on the node.js module stream, Grunt mainly uses the fs (file system) module, which highlights one of the most important differences between the two tools: Grunt is strictly file-oriented and creates temporary local files during the execution of the tasks. Gulp, on the other hand, handles the processes via the memory and writes them in the target file immediately, giving the program a speed advantage.
A second distinguishing feature is the respective concept of the two solutions. Grunt’s programming and structure gives users some direction; completed tasks located there are already defined and must then simply be configured. In comparison, Gulp allows far more space for independent programming by providing only the individual modules. While on the one hand, this makes it easier to understand the backgrounds and contexts, it also demands much more from the user. The bigger a project is, the more Gulp’s strengths come into play, which is why the new task runner is now the first choice for many people. Thanks to the lower requirements, however, Grunt is still a valuable tool for smaller, manageable projects.
Configuration over programming
Programming over configuration
Local (temporary files)
Format of source data
Command linr interface