Let's talk about StyleX, as a web developer who loves efficiency and building pretty things, I tried out two popular tools, StyleX and Tailwind, to see how they could help me work better and build cooler stuff.
Well, the truth is I've been using Tailwind for a while, and barely tried StyleX. I think that's enough to write a post of what I think about them.
StyleX: Fun at first, but limited in the long run
At first, I got quite excited about StyleX, it is from Facebook, Meta, and they've been using it internally for a while, I heard good things about them, so I wanted to try it so bad.
Often, frameworks or technologies developed by tech giants may excel in addressing internal challenges for the company, but their success in broader communities is not guaranteed. While these tools may effectively solve internal problems, their applicability and success may vary when extended to external or community contexts.
But the fun didn't last. When I tried to create more complex hairstyles, things got tricky. I couldn't control individual strands very well, so the hair often looked weird. And because StyleX only had pre-made styles, I couldn't create truly unique or crazy looks.
Also, StyleX wasn't always reliable. Simple hairstyles were quick to make, but more complex ones took forever and sometimes even crashed the program. This slowed down my work and meant I couldn't make hair as detailed as I wanted.
Another thing is, by the nature of writing CSS, it should provide creativity while typing putting CSS properties together. And that's something Tailwind lacks.
Tailwind: Gave me more control and made my code cleaner
Disappointed with StyleX, I switched to Tailwind. This tool, called a "utility-first CSS framework," promised to help me build user interfaces quickly and keep my code organized. I was skeptical, but I gave it a shot.
At first, Tailwind was harder to learn than StyleX's user-friendly interface. But it quickly became my favorite tool. Tailwind has tons of built-in styles, so I could create pixel-perfect UIs with ease.
Even better, Tailwind's styles are modular, which means I can reuse them across different parts of my projects. This makes my code easier to maintain and helps me build bigger and more complex projects without getting overwhelmed. Plus, Tailwind works with popular frameworks like React and Vue.js, which makes my work even faster.
So, which one is better?
It depends on what you need. StyleX is great for quickly prototyping designs and adding simple hairstyles to your projects. But for complex projects and developers who want ultimate control and flexibility, Tailwind is the clear winner.
Personally, I use both tools together. I use StyleX to brainstorm ideas and explore possibilities, and then I use Tailwind to bring those ideas to life with precision. This hybrid approach gives me the best of both worlds: efficiency and creative freedom.
Overall, I prefer Tailwind because it gives me more control, makes my workflow smoother, and helps me build more complex projects.
StyleX is still a good option for specific situations, but its limitations in customization and performance make it less appealing for bigger projects. Tailwind's extensive library of styles, modularity, and framework integrations make it a more robust and scalable solution for a wider range of projects.
if you're a web developer looking for a powerful and comprehensive CSS framework, Tailwind is the way to go. It lets you be creative, work efficiently, and keep your code organized, making it a must-have tool for any modern developer.