So, bundler has become to go-to option for dependency management and is a critical part of any Rails app. That's fine. But it's like saying you need ActiveRecord in order for your app to be considered a Rails app.
Let me preface this with: I have absolutely no problem with bundler. I use it all the time and it just works. It seems that in today's Rails world, you can't really develop without it.
But I want to know why there aren't any alternatives? Is the acceptance of bundler a way for the Rails community to stall on gem management?
Why do you like bundler? What don't you like about bundler? This post is more in the interest of conversation and brain-picking more than anything else, but I'd be interested to see if there are alternatives out there, and what things we could do to improve this significant part of our everyday lives.
Maybe it's just fine the way it is. Or maybe people out there wish it did more/less.
Have at it.