Discussion on: Is the Tailwind approach a big step forward for CSS or just-yet-another-thing?

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Rick Mills

I've had a bit of a rollercoaster ride with Tailwind.

When it initially came out I immediately dismissed it. Bootstrap 4 was easy, quick and required little effort. It also helped that I'd used it so much that I rarely had to look anything up in the documentation.

However I started a new project with a friend and we needed a super simple website (2 pages), so I decided to give it a shot. It was a slow process but I 'got it' and realised what it was trying to do. Bearing in mind I'd never really used a utility framework at this time.

The site was pretty rough but was surprisingly quick to put together.

I stuck with it for a few more, and I don't think I'd go back to bootstrap now.

It has it's obvious downside - there's no big library of free components (at least not an official one, I spotted this on product hunt a few days back and it looks pretty cool) and the community isn't anywhere near as big as bootstraps. But I think it has its place.

One thing that I am liking is the commitment shown by Adam (creator). He's obviously made a fortune out of TailwindUI, which now means he can afford to hire people to work on it full time. To me this shows that he's committed to making Tailwind a serious competitor, which is never going to be a bad thing.

Anyway, fast forward a year or so, I've just redone that original site (link) to launch my product and it took around 3 hours to put together in total.