Grunt is a JavaScript task runner that automates repetitive tasks. While Grunt served us well for a good amount of projects, other alternatives such as Gulp emerged in the meantime and proved to be a better pick for the majority of our teams.

We have two main reasons for discarding Grunt in favor of other tools:


If a decent amount of tasks is reached, Grunt is known to run slower than other tools, because it heavily relies on I/O operations and always stores the result of one task as files on the disk.


On large projects where a lot of automation is required, it can get very tedious to maintain complex and parallel running tasks. The grunt configuration files sometimes simply don´t gave us the flexibility that we needed.

Currently our preferred way to go is either simply use NPM scripts or rely on Webpack loaders for file preprocessing. For non-webpack projects we also utilize Gulp.