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Jezen Thomas – The World’s Most Boring Build System – Falsy Values 2015

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Published on Nov 5, 2015

http://falsyvalues.com/

The front-end community has matured immensely in the past five years with automated build systems and package managers written in JavaScript becoming commonplace. But how did we get here? And what has this really cost us? We know every line of code is a liability, and the best line of code is the one that doesn’t exist. JavaScript build systems are complicated and verbose, and it doesn’t need to be this way.

If you’re using hip new tools like Grunt, Gulp, and Bower, you could make your life so much easier by embracing tools that were around 40 years ago. Even if you’ve never ventured outside the world of JavaScript, come and learn how these general problems are elegantly solved with the Unix philosophy. We’ll look at the simplest possible approach to automated front-end development, and you’ll be able to strip away literally thousands of lines of code while developing a deeper understanding of the tools you rely on.

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