Sass: Beginner How-to

If you write a lot of CSS and don’t use a preprocessor then you might want to consider trying one. I like Sass but there are several options, all of them worth a look. Here’s a nice starter tutorial for Sass, http://line25.com/tutorials/getting-started-with-the-sass-compass-frameworks.

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While I dont write a lot of CSS I did read the article and found it quite interesting and it does tempt me to have a go with Sass.

More interesting that it was written by a fellow Glaswegian - even though he is much younger and has much more hair!

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It is a useful tool. When preprocessors hit the scene a few years ago I was skeptical of learning a new syntax that “writes” what I was already writing in the first place. It seemed redundant. The value of anything that takes me further away from the core language (its purest form) is questionable to me but once I accepted that it’s really just CSS shorthand the benefit becomes obvious. I don’t always use it but I find it has a place.

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While I dont write a lot of CSS I did read the article and found it quite interesting and it does tempt me to have a go with Sass.


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Todd is right - it’s really just shorthand. I haven’t started learning this
yet… it’s on my list, but I admit that I’m still stubbornly comfortable
with my cave-man technology. Oook!

Todd wrote:

It is a useful tool. When preprocessors hit the scene a few years ago I
was skeptical of learning a new syntax that “writes” what I was already
writing in the first place. It seemed redundant. The value of anything that
takes me further away from the core language (its purest form) is
questionable to me but once I accepted that it’s really just CSS shorthand
the benefit becomes obvious. I don’t always use it but I find it has a
place.


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I’ve been playing with SASS for the website that I’m slowly hand-coding, and I must admit that it’s quite amazing. Being able to set variables, and not worry about browser prefixing is pretty sweet.

I’d highly recommend getting Hammer if you are thinking about trying Sass. Not only does it free you from the terminal, but it also has a really sweet HTML tempting engine (like PHP includes, but with HTML).

The only problem is that it makes writing code too much fun. Right now I’m eyeing Haml+Markdown for that exact reason.


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[Laughs] I often feel the same. Sometimes the “old” ways are the best ways.

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I haven’t started learning this yet… it’s on my list, but I admit that I’m still stubbornly comfortable with my cave-man technology. Oook!


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I’ve heard of Hammer but haven’t tried it yet. So far I’ve been very happy using CodeKit as my compiler http://incident57.com. Also, for those interested in Sass I’ve heard from a couple people that this book is supposed to be tremendous http://tinyurl.com/qjmdojd.

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I’d highly recommend getting Hammer if you are thinking about trying Sass.


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