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Mastering Monorepos Part 3: Points to consider choosing between Nx and Turborepo

๐Ÿš€ Key points to Know before choosing between Nx and Turborepo ๐ŸŒ


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๐Ÿ“š Use Cases

  1. Nx excels in scenarios where a comprehensive, integrated workspace is preferred, offering simplicity and shared configurations.

  2. Turborepo shines when modularity and parallel development are paramount, catering to projects with diverse, independent packages.

๐Ÿค” Which monorepo to Choose

  1. If you want to use the integrated approach and prefer using generators for almost everything to control the build-test-deploy-pipeline at a granular level, you need to choose Nx.

  2. Turborepo is easier to get up and running and is good enough for smaller prjects without a lot of shared code and dependencies.

  3. Learning curve for Nx is considerably steeper than Turborepo. Anecdotally, it took me 15 mins to setup my first Turborepo, and 2.5 hrs with Nx integrated approach.

๐Ÿ’ก Some other observations

  1. Free tier for both is good enough, but Nx pricing is more transparent.

  2. Nx Cloud as well as Turborepo support remote and local caching, speeding up local dev immensely.

  3. Currently all Phoenix HQ products like PhoenixTrack, GraFin use Nx integrated and all our blogs use Turborepo package based, CI/CD on products took 40% lesser on average with monorepos than without.

  4. Learning to use Nx generators efficiently is no piece of cake, it'd take a few days to get used to, but the improvements even for a small dev team are worth it.

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