v4.12.0(almost 4 years ago)
Tachyons is a highly modular and functional CSS framework that allows you to quickly build responsive and scalable user interfaces. It follows a functional CSS approach, where each class represents a single styling rule. This makes it easy to compose and reuse styles, resulting in a lightweight and efficient CSS codebase.
Both Aphrodite and Tachyons have their own user base, but Tachyons has gained more popularity in recent years. Tachyons' minimalist and functional approach to styling has resonated with many developers, especially in the React community. Aphrodite, while less popular, is still widely used and has a dedicated following.
Aphrodite allows for more customization as it enables you to define and manipulate styles programmatically. You can create dynamic styles based on props or state, and modify styles at runtime. Tachyons, on the other hand, provides a set of predefined utility classes that can be combined to achieve the desired styling. While it offers some level of customization through class composition, it may not be as flexible as Aphrodite.
In terms of performance, Tachyons has an advantage as it relies on pre-defined utility classes that are optimized for performance. The generated CSS is minimal and the classes can be reused across components, resulting in smaller bundle sizes. Aphrodite, being a CSS-in-JS library, generates styles at runtime, which can have a slight impact on performance. However, the performance difference may not be significant for most applications.
Community and Ecosystem
Both Aphrodite and Tachyons have active communities, but Tachyons has a larger and more vibrant ecosystem. Tachyons has a wide range of community-contributed plugins, integrations, and tools that enhance its functionality. Aphrodite, while less extensive, still has a supportive community and integrates well with other libraries and frameworks.