Gulp.js is a build & task runner. Compared to other task runners that perform similar functions, like Grunt.js, Gulp is considered fairly easy to use. Gulp developers named their main data processing tasks “pipes”. The syntax for setting up pipes is pretty easy to learn. Gulp has strict standards for plugin development, so the plugins used with Gulp usually serve one specific purpose and are easy to setup.
Using these plugins, Gulp can setup functions to automatically compress files from development folders and write the compressed files into production files. If you combine this with Gulp’s watch function, files you update will be synced with each other. This way any updates you make to html, css, js files, ect, the compressed files will update right away.
You can even set your workspace to automatically update the web browser you’re using after file updates, through Grunt’s livereloading function. Like we briefly covered in the last article, When coupled with a version control system like Git, you can collaborate with a team, and all the members will benefit from the automatic updates that can be used with Gulp.
With Git, you can push the most current version of your project from your desktop up to Git Hub online. This will contain any versions and branches you have committed, so the project can be rolled back if needed. If a new team member comes on board, they can clone the project from Git Hub down to their desktop, create a new branch so that the version they are working from remains in-tact. Team members should create new versions and if needed, branches often. If anything goes wrong, they can roll back to a previous version or branch.
Hopefully, this article has shed some light on how Gulp.js can improve your web workflow experience.