Jens Oliver Meiert

Why I Don’t Use CSS Preprocessors

Post from December 14, 2016 (↻ May 18, 2018), filed under .

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 is a technical lead and author (sum.cumo, W3C, O’Reilly). He loves trying things, including in the realms of philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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  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.

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