Tedium sets in
Almost two years later, I’m back to CodeKit. Last night, I was setting up a front end project, and was dreading setting up yet another project with Grunt. Installing and managing dependencies, making a Gruntfile, and dealing with an ugly user experience (IMO, of course). I remembered how painless CodeKit was in the past, so I decided to check out their site on a whim. And, well, it’s gotten so much better! CodeKit 2 has been rewritten from the ground up with some great features. It’s got Bower support for easy asset installation in addition to the usual minification, concatenation, and image optimization you’d expect. having a beautiful GUI is icing on the cake. Add to all that the fact that you get a discount if you’ve bought a previous version of CodeKit, and I was sold (again). I downloaded CodeKit, dragged my new project folder into CodeKit, and was ready to start developing. I’m certainly not knocking Grunt, Gulp, Broccoli, or [insert task runner of choice here]. And I’m certainly glad I gave them all a go—those experiences mean I will at least be familiar with the setup if I pick up a project somebody else has set up. But for the foreseeable future, I’m sticking to CodeKit, which makes front end development a breeze. Check it out!