zx VS semantic-release

Compare zx vs semantic-release and see what are their differences.


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zx semantic-release
49 28
23,666 14,203
1.3% 1.5%
9.2 8.4
11 days ago 6 days ago
JavaScript JavaScript
Apache License 2.0 -
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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 2021-11-28.
  • Do you ever use node without express (or an equivalent framework? ;
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/node | 28 Nov 2021
    For scripting you should have a look at: https://github.com/google/zx It's nodejs but with some nice syntax sugar for scripting.
  • 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)๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ https://github.com/google/zx


Posts with mentions or reviews of semantic-release. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-22.
  • Continuous integration with Docker and Jenkins
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/java | 22 Oct 2021
    https://github.com/semantic-release/semantic-release This seemed like the most promising library as it is used by many and also has good documentation. But it seems to be to focussed primarily for using in the Node ecosystem. We wouldn't mind using Node in the CI pipeline, but the whole process in this library seems to be focussed on NPM and IMHO does too much in a single command (build, test, calculate version, tag, release), which is not to our liking as we want to see those steps explicitely as Jenkins steps. And in the Java ecosystem the version usually has to be known before the build as this information is included in the generated artefact. Also "release" in this library seems to be primarily implementing the NPM style of releasing open source projects, which is very different to closed source projects.
  • Semantic Git Commit Messages
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Sep 2021
    Especially great when combined with https://github.com/semantic-release/semantic-release
  • Best Practices for New Project
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/Terraform | 15 Sep 2021
    I suggest seperating the infrastructure and your modules into two different repositories, tagging the module repository using semantic-release on each PR.
  • What Makes a Good Changelog
    1 project | reddit.com/r/programming | 27 Aug 2021
    This is a good read. I typically use automated tools such as semantic-release to generate my Changelog, which never end up being very good because I squash my commits.
  • Why automation releases tools is great bullshit for your end-users
    1 project | dev.to | 17 Aug 2021
    There are a bunch of tools that take your commits and converts them into release, like semantic-release. There's nothing wrong with the tools and their authors literally. It's fantastic tools that are mostly used the wrong way.
  • Semantic-release for dart
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/dartlang | 14 Aug 2021
    Has anyone used semantic-release for releasing to both pub.dev and GitHub? I managed to get it working for releasing on Github but can't find a way to change changelog.md and pubspec.yaml and publish to pub.dev. Any help is appreciated.
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/dartlang | 14 Aug 2021
    Looks like somebody would need to write a plugin https://github.com/semantic-release/semantic-release/blob/master/docs/usage/plugins.md
  • Automatically generate and release a changelog using Node.js
    5 projects | dev.to | 2 Aug 2021
    To create a release using CI/CD, look at the semantic release.
  • git commit -m โ€˜changesโ€™
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/ProgrammerHumor | 1 Aug 2021
    I use this in all my projects, and even use: https://github.com/momocow/semantic-release-gitmoji plugin with https://github.com/semantic-release/semantic-release to automatically increment versions. I run it in GitHub actions
  • A complete guide to use dependabot with semantic-release and @vercel/ncc for GitHub Actions
    4 projects | dev.to | 16 Jul 2021
    This article introduces semantic-release as a solution. It automates the release process, and its exec plugin helps us to run @vercel/ncc before the release automatically.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing zx and semantic-release you can also consider the following projects:

standard-version - :trophy: Automate versioning and CHANGELOG generation, with semver.org and conventionalcommits.org

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

GitVersion - From git log to SemVer in no time

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

release-drafter - Drafts your next release notes as pull requests are merged into master.

deno - A modern runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript.

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

commitlint - ๐Ÿ““ Lint commit messages

cz-cli - The commitizen command line utility. #BlackLivesMatter

semver - Semantic Versioning Specification

tsdx - Zero-config CLI for TypeScript package development

alias-tips - An oh-my-zsh plugin to help remembering those aliases you defined once