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Bourbon vs PostCSS: What are the differences?

What is Bourbon? 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.

What is PostCSS? Transform CSS with JS plugins. 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.

Bourbon and PostCSS belong to "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" category of the tech stack.

"Simple mixins" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Bourbon, while over 17 developers mention "The "babel" of CSS" as the leading cause for choosing PostCSS.

Bourbon and PostCSS are both open source tools. It seems that PostCSS with 21.1K GitHub stars and 1.15K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Bourbon with 8.86K GitHub stars and 916 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, PostCSS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 63 company stacks & 47 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 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.
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      What are some alternatives to Bourbon and PostCSS?
      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.
      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.
      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 PostCSS
      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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      VP of Engineering at Rent The Runway | 4 upvotes 74.2K views
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      Sass
      Sass
      PostCSS
      PostCSS
      styled-components
      styled-components

      We use Sass because I invented it! No, that's not a joke at all! Well, let me explain. So, we used Sass before I started at Rent the Runway because it's the de-facto industry standard for pre-compiled and pre-processed CSS. We do also use PostCSS for stuff like vendor prefixing and various transformations, but Sass (specifically SCSS) is the main developer-focused language for describing our styling. Some internal apps use styled-components and @Aphrodite, but our main website is allllll Sassy. Oh, but the non-joking part is the inventing part. /shrug

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      How developers use Bourbon and PostCSS
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      Mick Dekkers uses PostCSSPostCSS

      PostCSS essentially allows you to set up your own CSS preprocessor with the features that matter to you. It has a modular plugin-based architecture, which means that if someone comes up with a useful new feature, you can easily add it to your stack as a PostCSS plugin. PreCSS and PostCSS-cssnext are some of my go-to plugins.

      Avatar of Tim Lucas
      Tim Lucas uses PostCSSPostCSS

      PostCSS handles compiling node-based CSS libraries, including BassCSS (the whole site is only ~85 lines of custom CSS). It also does auto-vendor-prefixing and support for CSS variables.

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      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 Thibault Maekelbergh
      Thibault Maekelbergh uses PostCSSPostCSS

      We wrote a lot of flexbox and css that needed prefixing. PostCSS + Webpack was the best option here.

      Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
      AmericanBibleSociety uses BourbonBourbon

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

      Avatar of Virtually(Creative)
      Virtually(Creative) uses PostCSSPostCSS

      Used to minify and extend the CSS markup of the framework.

      Avatar of BookAuthority
      BookAuthority uses PostCSSPostCSS

      We use PostCSS to improve cross-browser compatibility

      Avatar of Mike Hoffert
      Mike Hoffert uses BourbonBourbon

      Replaced Foundation grid system with Bourbon Neat.

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