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Bourbon vs Less: What are the differences?

Developers describe Bourbon as "A lightweight mixin library for Sass". 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. On the other hand, Less is detailed as "The dynamic stylesheet language". 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.

Bourbon and Less can be categorized as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools.

"Simple mixins" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Bourbon, while over 213 developers mention "Better than css" as the leading cause for choosing Less.

Bourbon and Less are both open source tools. Less with 16.1K GitHub stars and 3.45K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Bourbon with 8.86K GitHub stars and 916 GitHub forks.

GoSquared, Weebly, and eTobb are some of the popular companies that use Less, whereas Bourbon is used by DeveloperTown, Helpful, and devbase.io. Less has a broader approval, being mentioned in 498 company stacks & 169 developers stacks; compared to Bourbon, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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.

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.
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      What are some alternatives to Bourbon and Less?
      Sass
      Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It's translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.
      Animate.css
      It is a bunch of cool, fun, and cross-browser animations for you to use in your projects. Great for emphasis, home pages, sliders, and general just-add-water-awesomeness.
      PostCSS
      PostCSS is a tool for transforming CSS with JS plugins. These plugins can support variables and mixins, transpile future CSS syntax, inline images, and more.
      Stylus
      Stylus is a revolutionary new language, providing an efficient, dynamic, and expressive way to generate CSS. Supporting both an indented syntax and regular CSS style.
      Compass
      The compass core framework is a design-agnostic framework that provides common code that would otherwise be duplicated across other frameworks and extensions.
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      Decisions about Bourbon and Less
      Lee Benson
      Lee Benson
      React
      React
      GraphQL
      GraphQL
      Apollo
      Apollo
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      Webpack
      Webpack
      React Helmet
      React Helmet
      styled-components
      styled-components
      Sass
      Sass
      Less
      Less
      PostCSS
      PostCSS
      Bootstrap
      Bootstrap
      Semantic UI
      Semantic UI
      Foundation
      Foundation
      React Router
      React Router
      Koa
      Koa
      #JSX
      #React.
      #Css
      #StyledComponents.
      #Async
      #HTML
      #GraphQL
      #Apollo

      ReactQL is a React + GraphQL front-end starter kit. #JSX is a natural way to think about building UI, and it renders to pure #HTML in the browser and on the server, making it trivial to build server-rendered Single Page Apps. GraphQL via Apollo was chosen for the data layer; #GraphQL makes it simple to request just the data your app needs, and #Apollo takes care of communicating with your API (written in any language; doesn't have to be JavaScript!), caching, and rendering to #React.

      ReactQL is written in TypeScript to provide full types/Intellisense, and pick up hard-to-diagnose goofs that might later show up at runtime. React makes heavy use of Webpack 4 to handle transforming your code to an optimised client-side bundle, and in throws back just enough code needed for the initial render, while seamlessly handling import statements asynchronously as needed, making the payload your user downloads ultimately much smaller than trying to do it by hand.

      React Helmet was chosen to handle <head> content, because it works universally, making it easy to throw back the correct <title> and other tags on the initial render, as well as inject new tags for subsequent client-side views.

      styled-components, Sass, Less and PostCSS were added to give developers a choice of whether to build styles purely in React / JavaScript, or whether to defer to a #css #preprocessor. This is especially useful for interop with UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Semantic UI, Foundation, etc - ReactQL lets you mix and match #css and renders to both a static .css file during bundling as well as generates per-page <style> tags when using #StyledComponents.

      React Router handles routing, because it works both on the server and in the client. ReactQL customises it further by capturing non-200 responses on the server, redirecting or throwing back custom 404 pages as needed.

      Koa is the web server that handles all incoming HTTP requests, because it's fast (TTFB < 5ms, even after fully rendering React), and its natively #async, making it easy to async/await inside routes and middleware.

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      Reviews of Bourbon and Less
      Review ofLessLess

      Absolutely fantastic, not only does it allow for modularity but it is armed with the most useful features like colour operations and nested styles to make you achive more by writing LESS.

      How developers use Bourbon and Less
      Avatar of jondueck
      jondueck uses BourbonBourbon

      Using Bourbon Neat for building a grid. It's easy to implement and is added to the CSS rather than the html which keeps similar modules looking the same.

      Avatar of papaver
      papaver uses LessLess

      love me some less. been less styling for around 3 years. makes working with bootstrap and responsive website a breeze. so much power in the language.

      Avatar of Romans Malinovskis
      Romans Malinovskis uses LessLess
      Avatar of Giovanni Candido da Silva
      Giovanni Candido da Silva uses LessLess

      Customise the UIkit Front-End Framework, because of that is used to create the application CSS. I prefer SASS but is equivalent.

      Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
      AmericanBibleSociety uses BourbonBourbon

      [Free] We use this free Sass framework on just about any project that we work on.

      Avatar of BrizTech Ltd.
      BrizTech Ltd. uses LessLess

      CSS Preprocessor, used primarily for variables to ensure brand colour continuity.

      Avatar of CodeBee
      CodeBee uses LessLess

      We use Less to organize our CSS code with imports, variables, mixins, and more.

      Avatar of Mike Hoffert
      Mike Hoffert uses BourbonBourbon

      Replaced Foundation grid system with Bourbon Neat.

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