zx VS lerna

Compare zx vs lerna and see what are their differences.


A tool for writing better scripts (by google)


:dragon: A tool for managing JavaScript projects with multiple packages. (by lerna)
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zx lerna
48 62
23,666 30,646
2.5% 2.2%
9.2 5.7
6 days ago 15 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
Apache License 2.0 MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of zx. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-07.
  • Passing a dynamic value to package.json scripts
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Angular2 | 10 Nov 2021
    Umm, for any complex script configuration you can use https://github.com/google/zx other than that it depends on your environment and how are you supplying the value to the script
  • Scripting Languages of the Future
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 7 Nov 2021
    This talks a bunch about the "good run" of current scripting languages, including for example JavaScript.

    But JavaScript, as an actual scripting language, has been pretty primitive but finally starting to become a real candidate for actual scripting. There's imo crufty not very great options like shelljs[1]. But adding a tagged-template string for system(), for calling things, and a little bit of standard library has made JS a much more interesting & competent scripting language. Those efforts are being done in ZX[2].

    I like the idea of the topic, exploring it. But the author feels off in a number of places.

    > What TypeScript showed is that you could join together the idea of a flexible lightweight (and optional!) type system onto an existing programming language, and do so successfully. . . .The question then is - what if you created a programming language from the start to have this kind of support?

    Personally I just don't think languages matter very much. They're very similar, by & large. They have different tooling, packaging, somewhat different looks/feels for executing code, and their standard libraries are different. But TypeScript is popular & fast at least 90% because it is JS, because it works with JS things. Arguing that we should try to recreate TypeScript apart from JS sounds like a mind blowing waste of time. Also, Deno has good integrated TypeScript support.

    On the topic of easy parallelism, JavaScript promises are imo quite easy to stitch together & use & quite available.

    One of the main issues I see with easy-parallelism is that it's too easy: there's too many cases for uncontrolled parallelism. Throwing tarn.js or other worker-pools at problems seems all too common. But one is still left stitching together each pool/stage of work. I'd like to see SEDA[3] like architectures emerge, and perhaps get added to something like ZX standard library.

    [1] https://github.com/shelljs/shelljs

    [2] https://github.com/google/zx

    [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staged_event-driven_architectu...

  • Underwhelmed by Bash functions? Maybe you're using them wrong. I was.
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/programming | 31 Oct 2021
  • On multisynchronicity
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/javascript | 29 Oct 2021
    A fourth twist is to take off the functional hat and instead use an obscure corner of OOP: multiple inheritance. This isn't natively supported in JS, but some libraries use the technique in the wild (e.g. zx monkeypatches Promises with a facade over the ChildProcess interface). This differs from union types because it's two things simultaneously (rather than one OR the other), and it's up to the consumer to then await it or map over the functor if it needs to, or just access properties synchronously.
  • Automation ideas with Javascript:
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/learnjavascript | 28 Oct 2021
    I haven't tried it myself, but zx looks like a really simple way to get up and running.
  • Hacking Fish Script In Emacs
    10 projects | dev.to | 7 Oct 2021
    I think bash script is the most written script in the world, but the grammar is so old. These days, zx script which grammar like JavaScript had published by google. But we cannot use zx as a login shell, so I think we should not use it.
  • A single person answered 76k questions about SQL on StackOverflow. Averaging 22.8 answers per day, every day, for the past 8.6 years.
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/programming | 24 Sep 2021
    google made this to replace bash: https://github.com/google/zx
  • Introduction
    1 project | dev.to | 10 Sep 2021
    As a starting point, this week I explored trending projects on GitHub. I was amazed by the number of interesting projects out there, but one that especially caught my eye was google/zx, as it provides a way to write bash scripts with JavaScript
  • Wednesday Links - Edition 2021-09-01
    1 project | dev.to | 1 Sep 2021
    zx - bash in JS (1 min)🖥️ https://github.com/google/zx
  • The google/zx now supports both CJS and ESM
    1 project | reddit.com/r/javascript | 31 Aug 2021


Posts with mentions or reviews of lerna. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-22.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing zx and lerna you can also consider the following projects:

nx - Smart, Extensible Build Framework

pnpm - Fast, disk space efficient package manager -- 快速的,节省磁盘空间的包管理工具

changesets - 🦋 A way to manage your versioning and changelogs with a focus on monorepos

shelljs - :shell: Portable Unix shell commands for Node.js

TypeScript - TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that compiles to clean JavaScript output.

husky - Git hooks made easy 🐶 woof!

nvm - Node Version Manager - POSIX-compliant bash script to manage multiple active node.js versions

deno - A modern runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript.

ultra-runner - 🏃⛰ Ultra fast monorepo script runner and build tool

rushstack - Monorepo for tools developed by the Rush Stack community

xonsh - :shell: Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell

berry - 📦🐈 Active development trunk for Yarn ⚒