Chapter 4. Build Tools

A BUILD TOOL is a name for any bit of software that facilitates tasks that help us build websites. The most common tasks for a build tool are things like compiling code with preprocessors (see Dan Cederholm’s Sass for Web Designers) or compressing and concatenating other assets (see Scott Jehl’s Responsible Responsive Design). But a task can be anything. Computer! Move these files over here! Rename them like this! Add this comment at the top of them! You know, things that computers are faster and better at than humans.

One thing we can have a build tool do for us is create an SVG sprite—that chunk of SVG symbols I introduced in the last chapter—automatically ...

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