As an alternative, on the other hand, is a newer build tool that is designed to be fast and lightweight. It uses native ES module imports to speed up development builds, and it has a focus on simplicity and ease of use.
Since vite takes advantage of the availability of native ES modules in the browser and serves source code over native ESM It needs to transform and serve source code on demand as the browser requests it, reducing the need for upfront bundling.
- Vite is often a faster and more lightweight alternative
- It has a smaller feature set and is not as configurable as Webpack.
- Webpack is a powerful and configurable build tool that is suitable for a wide range of projects
Vite is primarily designed to be fast in development builds, (DX: developer experience) and can be a significant advantage during development, as it allows you to make changes to your code and see the results almost instantly.
In production (UX), the speed of the build tool is usually less of a concern, as the build process is typically only run once before deploying the application.
In this case, the main advantage of Vite is its simplicity and ease of use, as it can be easier to set up and maintain than more complex build tools like Webpack.
- Limited support for export in embedded-in-app browsers on Android.
- Slower loading time due to multiple network requests for individual modules (when not bundling code)
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2 - How we use ES modules to speed up frontend development in a large application | Shortcut Blog
3 - Vite vs. Webpack: A Head-to-Head Comparison - Kinsta®
Overall, Vite is designed to be fast in development builds and easy to use in both development and production. However, it may not be the best choice for all projects, as it has a smaller feature set and is less configurable than some other build tools.
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