You’ve probably heard of Tailwind by now, but if you haven’t, it is essentially a utility-first CSS framework and is much less opinionated compared to other CSS frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation. Tailwind + React: Setup and Design Patterns
You’ve probably heard of Tailwind by now, but if you haven’t, it is essentially a utility-first CSS framework and is much less opinionated compared to other CSS frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation. According to tailwindcss.com, it is described as:
A highly customizable, low-level CSS framework that gives you all of the building blocks you need to build bespoke designs without any annoying opinionated styles you have to fight to override.
In my opinion, this makes Tailwind a great option to use for your projects. You get the benefits of rapid development, without the opinionated styles that you ultimately override anyway.
So what if we want to use Tailwind with React, is it as simple as just including a style sheet? Not exactly. Because of how Tailwind is built and some of the optimizations they have in place (i.e. purging unused CSS), there are a couple extra steps to properly set it up in a React project.
To get started, either jump into your own React project or start up a new one with
npx create-react-app tailwind-react-app.
Next, let’s install a couple of dependencies via
npm i @fullhuman/postcss-purgecss postcss-cli tailwindcss --save-dev.
A brief explanation of each dependency:
fullhuman/postcss-purgecss- used to purge unused CSS to create the smallest final CSS file possible. If you don’t purge unused CSS, tailwind is actually over 2MB uncompressed.
postcss-cli- Tailwind is a PostCSS plugin. You don’t need to use PostCSS as the preprocessor, but in this case we will in order to keep things simple.
tailwindcss- the Tailwind library and utilities
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In the dispensation of CSS libraries and frameworks, a ton of awesome libraries has been built to simplify the work of a developer in the quest to create intuitive interfaces. However, quite a lot of them (Bootstrap, Foundation) impose design decisions that are difficult to undo; they come with predefined components, therefore eliminating the need for dynamic customization. This is the reason why Tailwind CSS is considered to be a good choice for building 21st-century web interfaces. Make your life a whole lot easier with Tailwind CSS. Setting Up Tailwind CSS in a React Project
Adding Tailwind CSS to our React App. In this series, we are going to be building a full SaaS Web Application using React.js and Node.js! This will cover everything from setting up the project through to building the individual components and then through to deployment through automation. The SaaS product will allow developers to programmatically generate OpenGraph images for their social media posts.
In this project we will integrate Tailwind CSS with React and build an image gallery app with the Pixabay API. An introduces Tailwind CSS, a CSS library that gives you all of the building blocks you need to build bespoke designs without opinionated styles. You’ll also learn how to seamlessly set up Tailwind CSS in a React project.
In this tutorial we’re going to take a look at how to use and configure Tailwind CSS in a React project.