Refining Modern Web Development


Last Sunday at 12:00 AM

CSS in JavaScript is a horrible idea

There is a lot of buzz around CSS in JS these days as Facebook champions it for React. There are some fundamental problems with this I would like to address.

Why were cascading style sheets created? Before them, all styles were inline. Remember when we had to write <table bgcolor="#ffde09">... and such? What happened when you wanted to change all your text colors? You had to find all the references manually and change them! A global file search and replace wasn't good enough as maybe this black was for a border instead of text... it was a nightmare.

Enter CSS.