From looking at Grunt’s pages-long configuration (shudder) to writing a Gulp buildfile (exasperated sigh), Brunch felt like a much needed breath of fresh air.
Here are some things I love about this less talked about build tool.
Easy To Grasp
It takes approximately 15 minutes to get started with Brunch and dig straight into your project. Wait – wasn’t that a selling point for React not so long ago? Let us certainly sell a build-tool, then.
npm install --save-dev uglifyjs-brunch cleancss-brunch html-pages-brunch imageoptmizer-brunch
npm run build
That is all it takes to minify and optimize all your source assets and get them ready for production. Of course, this is dependent on the plugin author having put in the effort to have that work out for you – I hope the community does not detract from this ideal! That said, some plugins may not work with zero config. I haven’t found any.
A major headache in Gulp was getting a quick and easy live-reload setup going. Brunch does that for you out of the box!
If you have the server running, adding in an npm package doesn’t require you to restart it – Brunch is smart enough to pick up the changes and reload on its own.
If your tagline is Seeing your build tool in nightmares? Try Brunch!, you’ve sold your product halfway within the first 5 seconds of your official pitch. The getting started guide is no less, mind you!
Deploying is Adventurous
Are you familiar with rsync? That’s all I needed to know to deploy it to my VPS over SSH! Personally, I don’t mind this bit of configuration at all – it’s quite fun to do after having to do nothing anywhere else.
Here’s a snapshot from my
"deploy": "rsync -avH public/* -e ssh email@example.com:/path/to/www"
Convinced? Head over to brunch.io and give it a try.
At the end of the day, remember to use the right tools for the job! Brunch may solve some of your headaches, perhaps not all.