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Bourbon vs Stylus: 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 Stylus? Expressive, robust, feature-rich CSS language built for nodejs. 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.

Bourbon and Stylus can be primarily classified as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools.

"Simple mixins" is the top reason why over 13 developers like Bourbon, while over 65 developers mention "Simple" as the leading cause for choosing Stylus.

Bourbon is an open source tool with 8.86K GitHub stars and 916 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Bourbon's open source repository on GitHub.

Coursera, Clay.io, and Cofounders Pte Ltd are some of the popular companies that use Stylus, whereas Bourbon is used by DeveloperTown, Helpful, and devbase.io. Stylus has a broader approval, being mentioned in 69 company stacks & 45 developers stacks; compared to Bourbon, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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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 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.

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      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.
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      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.
      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.
      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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      Review ofStylusStylus

      One of the main reasons I use it is that it combines most of what I like but is spread across other preprocessors.

      The option to make functions that take places of properties is amazing. ie. border-radius: "child" $parent-radius can actually be calling a function like border-radius("child", $parent-radius) where using border-radius: 4px would just implement the standard expected result.

      Add in my favorite selector: `^[-1..-1] to get the last raw selector in a nested situation. (its like magic in combination with BEM naming syntax)

      How developers use Bourbon and Stylus
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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 AmericanBibleSociety
      AmericanBibleSociety uses BourbonBourbon

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

      Avatar of Mike Hoffert
      Mike Hoffert uses BourbonBourbon

      Replaced Foundation grid system with Bourbon Neat.

      Avatar of LapNghiep
      LapNghiep uses StylusStylus

      Accompanied with ReactJS code

      Avatar of Thomas Hunsaker
      Thomas Hunsaker uses StylusStylus

      I hate CSS.

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