Build tools are a part of a larger web development ecosystem, the set of tools used to create web applications and their interactions.
We can divide the process of producing a web app into three stages: development, testing, and deployment. Build tools can assist with all of them! In development, build tools can simplify the way different types of resources can be combined. The process of testing and deployment can be automated by task runners, and the content served in the deployment stage is often produced by bundlers.
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What is the web development ecosystem?
The web development ecosystem is a set of tools that are used to build web applications and how they interact with each other to create the final product.
How does a build tool fit into the web development ecosystem?
Build tools’ role in the web development ecosystem is to bundle code and automate a certain development process such as testing.