Why I Don’t Use CSS Preprocessors

Published on December 14, 2016 (↻ June 6, 2021), filed under (RSS feed for all categories).

Though late I wish to follow Roger as I couldn’t agree more with him: I don’t use CSS preprocessors, either (never so in my personal projects), because CSS preprocessors are like a solution in need of a problem to me, too.

My reasons almost perfectly match Roger’s:

The only exception to me, and there I disagree with Roger, is that we don’t only need but can actually have pretty DRY CSS without preprocessors. Not repeating ourselves should be first nature to us, a part of our craft, and as we can’t yet automate DRYing up CSS it’s on us to keep our style sheets efficient and maintainable.

As for CSS post-processors, I don’t use them, either, then, again at least not in my personal projects; yet that’s a different story, and I close with another hat tip to Roger. Listen to what he says 😊

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens (long: Jens Oliver Meiert), and I’m a frontend engineering leader and tech author/publisher. I’ve worked as a technical lead for companies like Google and as an engineering manager for companies like Miro, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly and Frontend Dogma.

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Comments (Closed)

  1. On December 16, 2016, 12:19 CET, Marc said:

    Thanks. Genau der Meinung bin ich auch.

    Mir ist daher auch nicht klar, warum SASS, LESS und what ever als Features angegeben werden, wenn ich zB auf ein tolles WP-Framework stoße. Das ist für mich eher ein negativer Punkt.

    Is egal. Schönes Wochenende.

  2. On December 16, 2016, 16:25 CET, J. Eichhorn said:

    Preprocessors can be extremly usefull! I´m compiling a bunch of totally different themes with one main codebase. The maintenance would be far more work and pain without sass.
    In case of an wordpress theme you aren´t committed make use of less/sass but i would always prefer it. Since you gain the ability to customize a whole codebase with just a few variables (otherwise search/replace).

    And the last and maybe most important thing, is that you have to learn the preprocessors. Sass is really beneficial for me and i claim that the resulting css is dry and clean.