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    Vite is a modern build tool for JavaScript applications that offers a faster development experience and improved performance compared to traditional bundlers like Webpack. Vite's development server leverages native ES modules in modern browsers for near-instantaneous hot module replacement and improved page load times. Its simplified and opinionated configuration system also makes it more accessible to developers of all levels. Vite is considered a game-changer for JS app bundling due to its modern approach, growing ecosystem, and innovative features such as improved performance, faster build times, and flexibility. In comparison, Webpack works by analyzing an application's dependency graph and using a series of loaders to process each module and generate an optimized output file. Webpack has a more established ecosystem and greater configurability, but Vite's modern approach and optimized features make it a promising choice for modern web development.