Less vs Stylus: 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; 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.
Less and Stylus belong to "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" category of the tech stack.
"Better than css" is the primary reason why developers consider Less over the competitors, whereas "Simple" was stated as the key factor in picking Stylus.
Less is an open source tool with 16K GitHub stars and 3.46K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Less's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Less has a broader approval, being mentioned in 496 company stacks & 168 developers stacks; compared to Stylus, which is listed in 69 company stacks and 45 developer stacks.
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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.
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)
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.
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.
Customise the UIkit Front-End Framework, because of that is used to create the application CSS. I prefer SASS but is equivalent.
CSS Preprocessor, used primarily for variables to ensure brand colour continuity.