Less vs PostCSS: What are the differences?
Less: 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; 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.
Less and PostCSS can be categorized as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools.
"Better than css" is the top reason why over 213 developers like Less, while over 17 developers mention "The "babel" of CSS" as the leading cause for choosing PostCSS.
Less and PostCSS are both open source tools. PostCSS with 21.1K GitHub stars and 1.15K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Less with 16.1K GitHub stars and 3.45K GitHub forks.
Movielala, Weebly, and Webedia are some of the popular companies that use Less, whereas PostCSS is used by Twilio SendGrid, Open Humans, and Rainist. Less has a broader approval, being mentioned in 498 company stacks & 169 developers stacks; compared to PostCSS, which is listed in 63 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.
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Customise the UIkit Front-End Framework, because of that is used to create the application CSS. I prefer SASS but is equivalent.
We wrote a lot of flexbox and css that needed prefixing. PostCSS + Webpack was the best option here.
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