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Node.js in Action, Second Edition by Bradley Meck Alex Young and Mike Cantelon

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Chapter 4. Front-end build systems

This chapter covers

  • Simplifying complex commands with npm scripts
  • Using Gulp to manage repetitive tasks
  • Bundling client-side web apps with webpack

In modern web development, Node is increasingly used to run tools and services depended on by front-end engineers. As a Node programmer, you may be responsible for setting up and maintaining these tools. As a full-stack developer, you’ll want to use these tools to create faster and more reliable web applications. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to use npm scripts, Gulp, and webpack to build maintainable projects.

The benefits of using front-end build systems can be huge. They can help you to write more readable and future-proof code. There’s no need to worry ...

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