No, this post isn’t some rant about why vendor prefixes are bad for the industry, and it isn’t about me declaring a blanket boycott. I’m just done writing them myself because I now have tools that do the task for me.
You may have already heard about Autoprefixer, as it has been causing a buzz in web development circles for the past few weeks. Essentially, Autoprefixer checks your CSS against Can I Use and intelligently decides which properties to prefix based on browser support data. I think that Autoprefixer started out on Grunt, but has now been adapted to work in basically any system you might be using, including Compass, Ruby, Node, PHP, etcetera. Personally, I use Autoprefixer the easy way, since it is now rolled in to Prepros, my favorite dev tool (about which I wrote in an earlier post.)
Tangentially, Prepros now has a pro version, which is only $19 and adds a few handy features, including live refresh for all file types, multi-device testing, remote inspect, etcetera. Really, for that price, it is worth it to upgrade to pro just to support the project, even if the added features aren’t something you particularly need.
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