When comparing Broccoli vs GNU Make, the Slant community recommends Broccoli for most people. In the question“What are the best Node.js build systems / task runners?” Broccoli is ranked 6th while GNU Make is ranked 10th.
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Pro Brocfile fairly straightforward and small
Pro Rebuilds are really fast
In larger apps rebuilds get slower and slower as the size of the application increases. Broccoli deals with this by building only the files that were changed and intelligently figuring out their dependencies. This leads to rebuilds being of O(1) constant-time (in Software Engineering terms).
Pro Chainable plugins
With broccoli developers can chain plugins.
var tree = broccoli.makeTree('lib') tree = compileCoffeeScript(tree) tree = uglifyJS(tree) return tree
Pro Uses the full power of the UNIX shell
Make takes advantage of the powerful UNIX shell, using it at it's full potential. STDIN and STDOUT are especially useful because of their versatility.
Pro No need for wrapper modules
Other build tools need wrapper modules to do certain tasks. The biggest disadvantage of these wrapper modules is that they bind you to a version of that tool. With Make you don't have that problem, there's no need for wrappers and no tools to bind you to a version, you can use any version of Make that you want.
Pro Works with more than just node.js
Since it's written in C and can be found in all UNIX-based systems it can be used on platforms other than node.js.
Con Windows not fully supported
Con Assumptions about your project limit what you can do
Assumes you want to always output to single output directory. This directory must not exist at the time of running. It also (therefore) can't be your current directory. This puts broccoli slightly out of the class of a truly general "task runner".
Con Small community
Broccoli's community is still relatively small and not very active, at least compared to it's competitors. This leads to fewer plugins, guides and less support from developers for any problem that you may face using Broccoli.
Con Doesn't run on Windows by default
Make requires Cygwin/msys2/MinGW to run on Windows.