In modular programming, developers break programs up into discrete chunks of functionality called a module.
Each module has a smaller surface area than a full program, making verification, debugging, and testing trivial. Well-written modules provide solid abstractions and encapsulation boundaries, so that each module has a coherent design and a clear purpose within the overall application.
In contrast to Node.js modules, webpack modules can express their dependencies in a variety of ways. A few examples are:
@importstatement inside of a css/sass/less file.
Webpack supports the following module types natively:
In addition to that webpack supports modules written in a variety of languages and preprocessors via loaders. Loaders describe to webpack how to process non-native modules and include these dependencies into your bundles. The webpack community has built loaders for a wide variety of popular languages and language processors, including:
And many others! Overall, webpack provides a powerful and rich API for customization that allows one to use webpack for any stack, while staying non-opinionated about your development, testing, and production workflows.
For a full list, see the list of loaders or write your own.