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Build Tools

Just when it seemed like webpack's dominance had settled the debate, the build tools scene has again exploded with new entrants like Snowpack and esbuild, leading us to give it a full section for the first time since 2017.

Satisfaction, interest, usage, and awareness ratio rankings.

Technologies with less than 10% awareness not included. Each ratio is defined as follows:

  • Satisfaction: would use again / (would use again + would not use again)
  • Interest: want to learn / (want to learn + not interested)
  • Usage: (would use again + would not use again) / total
  • Awareness: (total - never heard) / total
We asked members of the JavaScript community to share their “pick of the year”

My 2020 Pick: Volta

Volta helps manage your entire JavaScript toolchain – think nvm, but it also helps you and your team stay on the same versions of Node, npm, CLI tools, etc. I love it because it's so darn nice to use, and is pioneering the use of Rust to build speedy tools for JS.

We asked members of the JavaScript community to share their “pick of the year”

Tom Dale

JavaScript Thinkfluencer

Overview of opinions on the technologies surveyed over time.

Would not use
Not interested
Would use again
Never heard

Technologies with only one year of data are not included.

This chart splits positive (“want to learn”, “would use again”) vs negative (“not interested”, “would not use again”) experiences on both sides of a central axis.

Bar thickness represents the number of respondents aware of a technology.

Other Tools
Completion percentage: 1.6% (385)
Completion percentage: 1.6% (385)

Other tools in this category (freeform answers).

On a scale of one (very unhappy) to five (very happy), how happy are developers with the current overall state of this category?

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