Tomorrow night, I’m attending one of Simon Vrachliotis (simonswiss)‘s Pro Tailwind workshops, so I thought that it would be a good time, as Simon has done himself recently on the Navbar podcast, to describe how I started using Tailwind CSS.
I remember watching a lot of Adam Wathan’s live streams on YouTube before Tailwind CSS, and I remember when he started a new project - a SaaS product called KiteTail.
It was a Laravel and Vue.js project, and although I’m not a Laravel Developer primarily, I got a lot of other information from Adam’s streams about automated testing, test-driven development, and Vue.js as I was learning Vue at the time.
One of the episodes was about styling a card component using some styles that Adam was copying between projects - which would eventually be the starting point for Tailwind CSS.
In fact, I think I watched some of the episode and stopped as I was happy with the Sass and BEM or SMACSS approach that I was using at the time, and didn’t initially see the value of the utility CSS approach that I was seeing for the first time (everyone has a similar reaction initially).
After a while, I did re-visit it but because Tailwind CSS wasn’t released as it’s own project yet, I (like Simon) started to experiment with Tachyons - another utility CSS library.
I rebuilt a particularly tricky component that I’d just finished working on and had caused me some issues, and managed to re-do it in only a few minutes.
I started to use Tachyons on some personal and client projects as a layer on other frameworks like Bootstrap and Bulma, and later moved on to Tailwind CSS once it has been released.
I was working in this way on a project when I released that I could use Tailwind for all of the styling instead of just adding small sprinklings of utilities here and there. I refactored everything and removed the other framework that I’d been using - leaving just Tailwind CSS.
I’m looking forward to attending Simon’s workshop tomorrow and quickly putting that knowledge to use in the next phase of a project that I’m currently working on.