Vite 3.0 vs. Create React App: Comparison and migration guide

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  • webpack

    A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows for loading parts of the application on demand. Through "loaders", modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.

    CRA uses a third-party build tool called webpack to handle its core functionalities under the hood. This is really what Vite is up against.

  • Koa

    Expressive middleware for node.js using ES2017 async functions

    Vite leverages the browser’s native ESM to parse and compile your code as the browser requests it. Then it serves the source file using a plugin such as Koa (a lightweight Node.js web server) to create a dev server with support for Hot Module Replacement (HMR) for updating served modules and Rollup for production builds.

  • Sonar

    Write Clean JavaScript Code. Always.. Sonar helps you commit clean code every time. With over 300 unique rules to find JavaScript bugs, code smells & vulnerabilities, Sonar finds the issues while you focus on the work.

  • create-react-app

    Set up a modern web app by running one command.

    Create React App (CRA) has played a pivotal role in the development of React’s community and its ecosystem at large. It is the tool of choice for developers of different skill sets when it comes to constructing a local React development environment on a whim. CRA boasts several standout features that make it hard to overlook, the most prominent ones being: local development server, Hot Module Replacement (HMR), and production bundling.

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