Bower: Modern Tools for Web Development

Adam Tuliper. MSDN Magazine. 2015-10-01.
For a long, long time, we lived in a beautiful walled garden. In this protected ecosystem of Web development, we used sophisticated technology like ASP.NET and Visual Studio. The rest of the world’s tools were considered rather inferior. We were part of an empire, if you will, and it was a pretty good place to be for a long time.
However, as time has passed, development cultures, tools, resources, and more have become fragmented and even chaotic. But some pretty solid tech has cropped up during this period, including Bootstrap, AngularJS, Git, jQuery, Grunt, Gulp, and Bower, and Web developers accustomed to the Microsoft ecosystem are able to take advantage of these tools.
In this first part of a two-article series, I’ll provide an overview of Bower, a package manager primarily for (but not limited to) front-end Web development. In the second article, I’ll cover Grunt and Gulp, two JavaScript-based task runners that can be used to perform all sorts of tasks, like copying files, minification, concatenation, and even compilation.
Grunt, Gulp and Bower are additional tools in your Web development arsenal. Tooling to integrate with them is built into Visual Studio 2015 and available via add-ins for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. You still need to install them.

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