Composer has changed all of our lives. Okay, well, that's a simplification and obvious over-generalization… but if you're reading this rambling, then you probably deal with Drupal at some level and know what I mean.
Drupal has jumped onboard with this method and has been able to move away from keeping everything updated internally and letting external contributed composer packages take care of themselves. This has led to wonderful shortcuts like:
<pre><code>composer create-project drupal/recommended-project</code></pre>