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Advice on Less, PostCSS, and Sass
awesomebanana2018
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on
Stylus
Sass
and
PostCSS

Originally, I was going to start using Sass with Parcel, but then I learned about Stylus, which looked interesting because it can get the property values of something directly instead of through variables, and PostCSS, which looked interesting because you can customize your Pre/Post-processing. Which tool would you recommend?

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PostCSS

You're not correct with saying "vs Postcss". You're using Less/Sass/Stylus/... to produce "CSS" (maybe extended means it has some future features) and then in any case PostCSS will play (it is shipped with Parcel/NextJS/CRA/...)

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Decisions about Less, PostCSS, and Sass
Cory Bell

JSS is makes a lot of sense when styling React components and styled-components is a really nice implementation of JSS. I still get to write pure CSS, but in a more componentized way. With CSS post-processors like SASS and LESS, you spend a lot of time deciding where your .scss or .less files belong, which classes should be shared, and generally fighting the component nature of React. With styled-components, you get the best of CSS and React. In this project, I have ZERO CSS files or global CSS classes and I leverage mixins quite a bit.

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Pros of Less
Pros of PostCSS
Pros of Sass
  • 214
    Better than css
  • 176
    Variables
  • 140
    Mixins
  • 99
    Maintainable
  • 79
    Used by bootstrap
  • 56
    Open source
  • 51
    Extendable
  • 42
    Functions
  • 38
    Dynamic
  • 30
    Fast
  • 1
    CSS is valid LESS, very easy to pick up
  • 21
    The "babel" of CSS
  • 15
    Customizable
  • 8
    Autoprefixer
  • 2
    Variables
  • 1
    PostCSS Flexbugs Fixes
  • 1
    0
  • 1
    Mixins
  • 1
    CSS MQPacker
  • 604
    Variables
  • 587
    Mixins
  • 465
    Nested rules
  • 411
    Maintainable
  • 296
    Functions
  • 148
    Modular flexible code
  • 140
    Open source
  • 111
    Selector inheritance
  • 107
    Dynamic
  • 96
    Better than cs
  • 4
    Used by Bootstrap
  • 2
    If and for function
  • 1
    Custom functions
  • 1
    Better than less

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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 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.

What is 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.

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What are some alternatives to Less, PostCSS, and Sass?
CSS 3
CSS3 is the latest evolution of the Cascading Style Sheets language and aims at extending CSS2.1. It brings a lot of long-awaited novelties, like rounded corners, shadows, gradients, transitions or animations, as well as new layouts like multi-columns, flexible box or grid layouts. Experimental parts are vendor-prefixed and should either be avoided in production environments, or used with extreme caution as both their syntax and semantics can change in the future.
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.
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.
Autoprefixer
It is a CSS post processor. It combs through compiled CSS files to add or remove vendor prefixes like -webkit and -moz after checking the code.
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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Reviews of Less, PostCSS, and Sass
Review of
Less

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 Less, PostCSS, and Sass
Mick Dekkers uses
PostCSS

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.

Kevin Ard uses
Sass

It was a little awkward building BS3 with LESS, and the rest of the site with SCSS, but it works. SCSS made building the UI elements (ink/flip buttons, img navs, etc) a breeze. It also drives the mobile menu open/close transitions - that would have been much too much with vanilla css.

Tim Lucas uses
PostCSS

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.

Climate CoLab uses
Sass

Sass helps us write better stylesheets. One major improvement over CSS that we use a lot is variables - it allows for much easier theming to quickly change brand colors for new instances of the xCoLab.

Ujjwal Bhujel uses
Sass

When you realise that countless lines of CSS codes could be made countable. And off course, a wonderful and cool way to use the logic behind variables and nesting. Simply love it.

Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt) uses
Sass

Sass is used as a part of Woltlab Suite Core, which offers to submit/configure own styles via the injection of own Sass-CSS. So we exclusively rely on Sass for our CSS needs.

Refractal uses
Sass

CSS is a mess. There, we said it. Sass, on the other hand takes CSS and makes it pretty, easy to work with and has stuff like variables which make things seriously awesome.

papaver uses
Less

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.

Romans Malinovskis uses
Less
Giovanni Candido da Silva uses
Less

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

BrizTech Ltd. uses
Less

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

CodeBee uses
Less

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

Virtually(Creative) uses
PostCSS

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

BookAuthority uses
PostCSS

We use PostCSS to improve cross-browser compatibility

Sunny Singh uses
PostCSS

Compiles future CSS.