FrontEnd Styling: Tailwind CSS

Tailwind CSS is a class-based utility CSS framework that provides classes applied directly to HTML elements. Each class is responsible for individual styles, and you can easily build layouts, text styling, responsive design, grid systems, etc., by combining these utility classes. The choice of Tailwind CSS may vary depending on the project's characteristics and the development team's preferences. If modern and flexible styling, development speed, and customization are essential, Tailwind CSS can be a valuable option.

Description

Tailwind CSS is a modern and flexible CSS framework for building user interfaces. A distinctive feature is the adoption of a pre-styled method (direct styling without pre-defining CSS classes) that provides high customization and reusability for web developers. In other words, it allows you to work by directly specifying the required styles instead of applying them with specific class names.

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Advantages of Tailwind CSS

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    Flexibility and Customization
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    Tailwind CSS is very flexible in applying design systems. You can specify the required styles directly and customize them according to your project.

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    Optimization
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    Tailwind CSS maintains small file sizes without generating unnecessary CSS while maintaining flexibility. This improves the loading speed of web pages.

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    Fast Development
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    Tailwind CSS utility classes help you quickly create frequently used design patterns and components, improving development speed.

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    Documentation and Support
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    Tailwind CSS provides organized documentation and has an active community and support system, allowing you to get assistance quickly.

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Disadvantages of Tailwind CSS

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    Learning Curve
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    First, since it can be used after learning basic existing CSS, there are many differences from existing CSS frameworks, and developers using Tailwind CSS for the first time may struggle with the learning curve.

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    HTML Readability
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    The class-based approach makes HTML code more complex. Some developers may find this cluttered.

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    Overuse of Classes
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    Tailwind CSS utility classes may add more classes to HTML elements than necessary. This can make the code even more complicated and possibly harder to maintain.

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Summary of Tailwind CSS

First, regarding the issue of HTML readability mentioned as a disadvantage, I personally felt that the attractiveness of not having to separate the code into another style.css file outweighed the readability concern. Therefore, depending on the preferences and tastes of developers, this can be seen as both a disadvantage and an advantage. Tailwind CSS offers a wide variety of components and is moderately challenging for direct development, making it suitable for rapid development. However, without the foundational knowledge of existing CSS, its use may be limited. In addition to learning existing CSS, you will also need to learn Tailwind CSS's unique code, which requires additional learning. Tailwind Docs is available, and community and support are active with platforms such as Reddit and Discord, making it easy to get help.

  • When using Tailwind CSS, it is not recommended to use it in conjunction with other UI frameworks. In such cases, style conflicts may occur, leading to an inconsistent design result.