Front-end build tool Vite.js speeds up development
Vite 3.0, the latest major update to the front-end build tool, is now available and includes several improvements for developers, such as a better command-line interface, a server port change to avoid incompatibility with other tools and a new default connection scheme that makes Vite.js work out of the box in most situations.
The Vite team plans a major release at least every year to align with major Node.js versions, according to the Vite.js website. In addition, Vite makes frequent incremental updates; more content might be released as soon as this upcoming week, according to Vite core team member Matias Capeletto, more commonly known as Patak.
That doesn't mean Vite is independent of older web packing technologies -- it uses Rollup.js under the hood -- but it can hide some complexity for day-to-day operations, Cornwall said.
Vite.js takes on the competition
Another competitor, Snowpack, which had similar module support and technology, ended support in April this year -- mostly due to burnout rather than any technical reason, Cornwall said. Many Snowpack developers have moved over to Vite, and people who stumble upon Snowpack are being directed by its website to Vite.js, which is similar enough to be a drop-in replacement, he added.