Less vs. Compass vs. Bourbon

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What is Less?

Less is a CSS pre-processor, meaning that it extends the CSS language, adding features that allow variables, mixins, functions and many other techniques that allow you to make CSS that is more maintainable, themable and extendable.

What is Compass?

The compass core framework is a design-agnostic framework that provides common code that would otherwise be duplicated across other frameworks and extensions.

What is Bourbon?

Bourbon is a library of pure sass mixins that are designed to be simple and easy to use. No configuration required. The mixins aim to be as vanilla as possible, meaning they should be as close to the original CSS syntax as possible.

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    489 companies on StackShare use Less
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    90 companies on StackShare use Compass
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    What are some alternatives to Less, Compass, and Bourbon?

    • Sass - Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets
    • PostCSS - Transform CSS with JS plugins
    • Stylus - Expressive, robust, feature-rich CSS language built for nodejs
    • PurifyCSS - Remove unused CSS. Also works with single-page apps.

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