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Less vs Stitches: What are the differences?

# The Key Differences Between Less and Stitches

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1. **Syntax Differences**: Less uses a syntax similar to CSS with features like nested rules, variables, and mixins, while Stitches uses a JavaScript-based API to generate style rules, making it more dynamic and flexible.
2. **Language Implementation**: Less is a preprocessor that compiles into regular CSS, allowing for use in any project setup, whereas Stitches is a runtime CSS-in-JS library that generates styles on-demand, reducing the need for additional build steps.
3. **Performance Variance**: Less can lead to larger file sizes as all styles are generated upfront, while Stitches only delivers the styles that are actually used, resulting in smaller bundles and improved performance.
4. **Browser Compatibility**: Less generates CSS that is fully supported by all browsers, but Stitches relies on CSS variables which may not be fully supported in older browsers without polyfills.
5. **Dynamic Styling**: Stitches allows for creating dynamic style variations at runtime through its JavaScript API, whereas Less requires predefined mixins or variables for achieving similar dynamic effects.
6. **Tooling Support**: Less has robust tooling support with a wide range of IDE plugins and build system integrations, while Stitches being a newer tool may have limited tooling options available for developers.

In Summary, understanding the differences between Less and Stitches can help developers choose the right tool for their specific needs in terms of syntax, performance, compatibility, and dynamic styling capabilities.
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    Better than css
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    Variables
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    Mixins
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    Maintainable
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    Used by bootstrap
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    Open source
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    Extendable
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    Fast
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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 Stitches?

    It is a fully-typed CSS-in-JS library featuring near-zero runtime, server-side rendering, multi-variant support, and a best-in-class developer experience.

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