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Kausik Das
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Tailwindcss is beautiful πŸ‘Œ

If you’re not a fan of writing manual css then Tailwindcss can save you a lot of time.

And it’s beautiful. πŸ‘Œ

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Ben Halpern

I've become a big fan

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JoelBonetR πŸ₯‡

Your boilerplaty verbose templates disagree πŸ˜…

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Liviu Lupei • Edited

Help me understand.

If someone doesn't want to write pure CSS, why would they use Tailwind CSS?

Why don't they just use a no-code tool like Webflow to build a complex website?

Because I feel like Tailwind CSS helps you work 10% faster, but it reduces your flexibility with maybe 60%.

But using some complex no-code website builder helps you work 90% faster, while reducing your flexibility with 60%.

And yes, I know writing code feels cool, we all like to feel like hackers, typing away in our dark terminals.

I'm just trying to understand from a productivity point of view.

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Dylan Davenport

I’ve started using WebFlow for my freelance clients and it’s been a nightmare. I’ve used other similar tools such as WordPress and Drupal and in my experience those tools lower both my flexibility and productivity. Also if I need something a bit more complex I’m going to have to end up writing PHP or JS code anyways which takes even more time.

For me personally I use Tailwind more for the responsive styles so I save time by not having to write tons of media queries. I can also configure Tailwind to my liking which adds to its flexibility.

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Avi Avinav

At first, I hated Tailwind CSS but over time fell in love with it! I use it in all my projects now.

 
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JoelBonetR πŸ₯‡ • Edited

Then maybe you should take a try.

A class is a common set of property-value pairs that will be applied to every HTML tag with this class name inside it's class attribute whereas components define visual chunks of your views semantically.

A button will always be a button, right?
Using classes you usually end up with something like:

<button class='btn btn-rounded btn-info'>Edit</button>
<button class='btn btn-rounded btn-warning'>Delete</button>
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The btn class would be the basic styling for your buttons, btn-rounded would be a modifier and btn-warning would be a font/color definition.
(Of course you can use "btn rounded warning" but the intellisense will be angry).

Example with styled-components:

<Button appearance="rounded" color="warning" text=`${text}` />
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You can programatically or conditionally set values into it, even using states, and the Button component will host every possible definition so it's scoped in a single place.

Anytime you need to extend the button component you simply head yourself to the Button component file and that's all.

<Button appearance="rounded" color=`${error ? 'warning' : 'success' }` text=`${text}` />
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You can also import base templating configuration set on a JS const/variable, including breakpoint related things for those media queries and so on (break point naming related with pixel range, max-container width, item gap...)

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SUCHINTAN DAS • Edited

I have a different take this Kausik πŸ€”. I have used Tailwindcss, CSS3, MaterialUi, Bootstrap, Bulma and Storybook. Even I have tried the preprocessors of CSS like SASS/SCSS.

Let me share what I learned after so many projects 🀫. These frameworks and preprocessors are always useful when it comes to building any high end component like autocomplete dropdown or a calender. But if you use it on normal components, then don't use it.

It's just not worth it, it would always be overkilling a simple thing and very bad in terms of optimizations. So, if you are a good developer, then you will always know when you are overkilling a simple thing and when you are doing it in the easy way ✌.

 
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JoelBonetR πŸ₯‡ • Edited

I'm a bit confused as you wrote that in another comment related to tailwind:

  1. Classes can use media queries
  2. Classes limit repeating CSS
  3. Classes allow caching stylesheets longer than the HTML that changes more often.
  4. Classes can include multiple properties at once.
  5. Classes support pseudo selectors and pseudo elements etc.
  6. Classes can define keyframes for animation
  7. Sticking to only classes help with specificity issues.
  8. Classes (stylesheets) can be processed with Post-CSS, SASS etc. Which Tailwind generates classes for media queries etc.
  9. Utility classes don't grow your CSS over time. Much easier to maintain. You're not naming, writing and trying to reuse classes made by someone else.
  10. Classes can apply to new HTML in WYSIWYGS.
  11. Utility classes are easier to document and learn. BONUS: editor / lint support. You get autocomplete to find what you need, and the raw CSS definition.
  12. Utility classes force sticking to design conventions. I.E. all margin and padding is 8px increments, super easy to configure in Tailwind. One can't use some random color either.

And every single point can be reached with regular css/Sass/Scss (that's what's behind Tailwind after all).

I always define the concepts when I feel it necessary, not specifically for you but for anyone who can reach that. This is a forum and not a 1 to 1 conversation.

I'm a Lead Dev/Tech Lead and don't get offended by any of this, thought we were taking into account that newbies can read that and get some basic knowledge about this topic.

If you think so, maybe I've not enough knowledge of Tailwind (used it only once in a tiny project to see what's that about -surface knowledge-) and you (as you said) have not enough knowledge about Styled-Components.

Would you like to do a little challenge? I can write a public repo with Next JS and styled-components using some public API, trying to include all available features and you can re-code a variant using Tailwind so we both get more knowledge of those techs while seeing the pros and cons of each.

I'm hands on 3 projects at once but I'm sure I can get some time. If you (or anyone reading this) feel like it's a good idea I'll put myself hands on asap. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜ You name it.

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decker

... but then you learn CSS.

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Hardeep Kumar • Edited

I saw other comments and I'd say this
I better write inline css then using tailwind.

  1. My markup will not be a spam of css classes
  2. If i use their feature to combine classes or whatever it is(last saw when it was introduced), I'd spend my time copying classes there which is time consuming and doesn't even make sense why use use it when it's gonna be like just any other framework say bootstrap(which people these day flame)
  3. There are other css frameworks to use as well. Like foundation, bootstrap, halfmoon etc

BTW, i was one of those who used to use tailwind when it first came out few years ago. So ye don't think I'm saying it all just because i wanted to or by influencing from internet. It's how i genuinely feel

 
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JoelBonetR πŸ₯‡

Hahaha no problem, we all can have bad days/weeks πŸ˜…πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I just ignore anything related to job as much as I can when I feel like that.

I'll try to do it during this week (can't promise it will be before the weekend) and share you the repo 😁

Cheers!

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Liviu Lupei

Hi Luke, hope you're having a nice weekend.

I'm sorry if you saw my reply as borderline spammy.

I see this as a discussion about abstraction and productivity.

Personally, I'm used to writing vanilla CSS and sometimes it got messy.

But I felt Tailwind was just about reusing some CSS that someone wrote, and I felt like that added some limitations, made the development process less flexible.

For me, it was just Bootstrap all over again.

So, I'm just looking to see where folks find the right balance between flexibility and productivity.

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Ivad Yves HABIMANA

I think Tailwind compared to other CSS frameworks like bootstrap is more similar to writing pure CSS as you will still need to know CSS to understand it's classes (actually good at pure CSS) but whe you get used to it will feel more natural and faster

 
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decker • Edited

Thats bullshit. You can do it always wrong with ever tool.

Compare these

<button type="button" class="inline-block px-6 py-2.5 bg-blue-600 text-white font-medium text-xs leading-tight uppercase rounded shadow-md hover:bg-blue-700 hover:shadow-lg focus:bg-blue-700 focus:shadow-lg focus:outline-none focus:ring-0 active:bg-blue-800 active:shadow-lg transition duration-150 ease-in-out">Button</button>
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vs

<button type="button" class="default-button">Button</button>
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So tell me, what is better to understand and what is faster?
Obviously the second one, or not?

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NeilFranci

I'm using both tailwind and scss. I only use tailwind for small components that doesn't need to do with complicated style, animation I use scss for big thing, animation... Because when I read the tailwind docs first seem cool, fast, very easy to use. But when scrolling down, too much setup and I a person who already struggling with the components logic I prefer to keep big thing in scss instead of hard setup thing.

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Makar Murashov

Tailwind is great to build something fast and when you don't have a custom design, something like back-office or admin panel or just MVP version of your app. But my choice for now is styled-components or any other css-in-js libs.
Styled-components allows you to hold all your styles and logic separately (usually in a separate file), so you can pass props there (which is also has nice typings, thanks TypeScript for that) and SC decides what style to apply based on your prop. I had a chance to build a complex UI using tailwind-like styles, and I can't say that I liked it that much. You have to write a lot of conditions for tailwind classes to style an element, but with SC you could just pass a readable prop there (i.e. isSomething)

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Tobias Rauer

I don't understand you react guys. Css-in-js is the worst. People should just write proper BEM.