Join Joe Marini for an in-depth discussion in this video Downloading and installing the tools, part of CSS with LESS and Sass.
To complete the exercises in this course, there are some things that you are going to need,…such as tools, and various other things,…so we're going to get those installed now, so you can get up and running.…First you're going to need the current versions of the LESS, and Sass libraries, and we'll take…a look at how to download those in just a moment.…For working with Sass, you're going to need to have Ruby installed.…Now, most Macs usually already have this. On Windows, however, you're going to need to install…Ruby, so we'll take a look at how to do that.…For LESS, you're going to need to download a client-side compiler, and the one that I'm…going to be using in this course is called SimpLESS, and the nice thing about SimpLESS…is A, it's free, and B, it works on Mac, and Windows, so we'll take a look at that in a moment.…
You're going to need a text editor, or an IDE for editing CSS, and HTML, and it doesn't really…matter which one you use.…If you want to use Dreamweaver, that's fine.…If you want to use Sublime Text, that's fine.…
The first section focuses on LESS (Leaner CSS) and how it can be used on both the client and the server. The lessons show how to work with variables, mixins, nested rules, and other features to easily create maintainable CSS.
The second section introduces Sass (Syntactically awesome stylesheets), which contains many of the same features as LESS, along with a few new ones. Joe also compares and contrasts the two tools, and explains how your platform and needs may influence which tool you choose.
- What are LESS and Sass?
- Using variables in your CSS
- Working with reusable and parameterized mixins
- Implementing nested rules
- Combining CSS rules with operations
- Using the built-in functions in LESS and Sass
- Controlling the CSS output formatting
- Importing external files