The Imperfect Solution
I saw this article by Jeff Sandberg railing against Tailwind. I’m no fan of Tailwind myself, but the article reeked of elitism and gatekeeping. I don’t think Jeff (or anyone else railing against Tailwind) is doing this on purpose, so I will try to counter with my own arguments:
developers are throwing away decades of carefully wrought systems for a bit of perceived convenience.
The words “perceived convenience” implies that Tailwind doesn’t bring any actual convenience, but this is measurably false. For all its faults, Tailwind does many developers faster and provides actual convenience.
Tools such as Tailwind CSS seem to be spreading like wildfire, with very few people ever willing to acknowledge the regression they bring to our field.
I would argue that Tailwind isn’t causing a “regression” here. Developers have long had trouble understanding how CSS works. Pick any time since the...
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