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#1 NotionCommotion

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 01:56 PM

I recently came across http://robo.li/, a PHP task runner...

 

Task runner, what the heck is that?

 

Then I found two JavaScript task runners: http://gulpjs.com/ and https://gruntjs.com/.

 

The purpose of all three appear to be to automate repetitive tasks.

 

At first I thought that Gulp and Grunt were client based and Robo was server based, but now believe they are all server based.  Agree?

 

I am still struggling to see the value of a task runner.  Can anyone help provide examples and/or reasons why one would want to use one?

 

Thanks

 

 


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 04:10 AM

By the lack of responses, I guess I don't need to use a task runner?


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:00 AM

They are not really client or server based, they are just development tools.

For example I use gulp to combine and minify JS/CSS files and copy over libraries when preparing a site/app for release.

You could consider them as being similar to make and Makefile's from the C/C++ world.
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