Advantages and drawbacks in committing built files in web develoment
A lot of people keep saying that it is a bad practice to commit built files in a repository, but i find that not doing it leads to a lot of troubles.
I also think that this has to be reconsidered given the strong advantages that build files provide in deploying generic web content.
A few context notes:
- using git
- developing for the web
- developing for software modularity, so no giant code monoliths involved
- developing for reusability, and possibly sharing as free software
In this context, committing built files strongly simplifies the deployment process, allowing easy deploying with just a static server, and thus:
- easy local set up of the project also for the non technical
- deployment does not require build dependencies
- easy deploy and demo on github
- making built assets reusable by who references the repository with bower
- easier troubleshooting of build errors among members of a team
At this point, if no disadvantages can be found, saying that committing built files is bad practice becomes just an unreasonable dogma.
So what are the actual drawbacks in committing built files? What are, on the other end, the advantages?
- Dealing with git, generated files and bower
- Why check in bower components?