The Dojo build system is a general-purpose program for transforming a set of resources. It was built to solve the problem of transforming a set of resources that comprise an application in order to improve the performance of that application. These kind of optimizations are termed "deployment optimizations", and the build system includes a rich set of such optimizations.
However, the build system is not limited to these kind of transforms. At its core, the build system is an engine for applying an ordered, synchronized, configurable set of transforms to a configurable input set. Examples of other usages include document generators, style checkers, code formatters, lint checkers, and many more. In some ways it is like a make program, except the external processes that typical make programs execute can be implemented within the build system's pluggable transform infrastructure. Of course external processes can be executed as well.
Note: the build system was completely redesigned and reimplemented in version 1.7. The pre-1.7 build system is still important to some existing installations. All historical documentation for that system is listed at The Dojo Build System Prior to version 1.7
The Dojo Toolkit includes the deployment optimization transforms listed below. See individual transform reference pages for complete documentation.
The build system was completely redesigned and reimplemented in version 1.7. The version of the build system available before 1.7 is still important to some existing installations. All historical documentation for that system is listed below: