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Less vs PurifyCSS: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is PurifyCSS? Remove unused CSS. Also works with single-page apps. Remove unused CSS. Also works with single-page apps.

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

Less and PurifyCSS are both open source tools. It seems that Less with 16.1K GitHub stars and 3.45K forks on GitHub has more adoption than PurifyCSS with 9.11K GitHub stars and 383 GitHub forks.

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 PurifyCSS?

Remove unused CSS. Also works with single-page apps.
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          What are some alternatives to Less and PurifyCSS?
          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.
          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.
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          Decisions about Less and PurifyCSS
          Koa
          Koa
          React Router
          React Router
          Foundation
          Foundation
          Semantic UI
          Semantic UI
          Bootstrap
          Bootstrap
          PostCSS
          PostCSS
          Less
          Less
          Sass
          Sass
          styled-components
          styled-components
          React Helmet
          React Helmet
          Webpack
          Webpack
          TypeScript
          TypeScript
          JavaScript
          JavaScript
          Apollo
          Apollo
          GraphQL
          GraphQL
          React
          React
          #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 Less and PurifyCSS
          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 Less and PurifyCSS
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          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.

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          BrizTech Ltd. uses LessLess

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

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          CodeBee uses LessLess

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

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