re: I'm the maintainer of Babel, ask me anything! VIEW POST


Hi Henry! Thanks for doing the AMA.

How was the decision made to bundle Babel with Webpack instead of another build tool?


Hey Tiffany!

Thanks for the question. So to clarify I don't think we have tied Babel to any particular build tool. Technically since Babel is split into various modules, you can create an integration with Babel with babel-core for various tools like testing (mocha, ava, jasmine, jest), or a bundler (webpack, browserify, etc).

It's probably since Webpack is the most popular bundler that we tend to use Babel and Webpack together a lot (and that's totally true). babel-loader is the thing most people are using for front-end development and it's used in a lot of other tools like create-react-app, etc. And yeah it's important for us to figure out how to integrate better, and I talk to Sean a lot about these kinds of things 🙂.

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