One of my favourite Aurelia changes isn’t a new feature, nor is it a long-awaited bug fix or new tool: it’s the fact the CLI now supports Webpack by default.
Why is this a big deal? Previously, the CLI took a RequireJS first approach to bootstrapping new applications, meaning if you didn’t choose to customise your
au new generated application, you would get RequireJS as your default bundler.
Now, there isn’t anything wrong with RequireJS as a bundler, but the issue with RequireJS is given its age there are issues dealing with different file formats, especially styles and static assets like images and fonts (which it cannot handle).
Whereas, Webpack can handle every single file format type in existence without blinking an eye. If you need to support it, either Webpack supports it out-of-the-box or you can download a file loader to add in support and a simple
module rule definition from within your
The performance of Webpack in comparison to RequireJS? There is no comparison, Webpack might be more daunting, but it wins in speed (especially Webpack 4).