The following is a summary of a document I composed for Livecoding.tv, a really great site where you can watch professionals work live, chat with them and take your skill to the next level. There’s a link to download the full document at the bottom of this post. The content of this document is intended to help populate the Sass Categories page on the Livecoding.tv site.
About Sass Programming Language
Sass is a scripting language that is interpreted into Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), also known as a preprocessor. Sass can be compiled into CSS either by application, like CodeKit or Scout, or from the command line. Sass can be written in one of two syntaxes: SCSS, the newer, more CSS-like syntax, or Sass, the older, indent-dependent syntax. Sass can be used on most operating systems, including Mac, Windows and Linux.
Using Sass to create style sheets makes the process quicker, less complicated and easier to maintain. Sass also enables you to use features not yet included (or well supported) in standard CSS, like variables, mixins, and advanced operations and functions.
Sass is arguably the most dominant CSS preprocessor available. It is supported by a large, friendly and highly active developer community. Many major front end development frameworks, like Bootstrap and Foundation, are built on Sass.
Though Sass can seem a bit intimidating to get started with, due to its Ruby dependency and breadth of powerful features, if you’re familiar with the syntax of standard CSS, learning Sass will come easily.
Sass was initially designed by Hampton Catlin and developed by Natalie Weizenbaum in 2006 as a feature of the Haml markup language. Chris Eppstein, creator of Compass, later joined primary developer Weizenbaum in 2008 to continue to extend Sass with SassScript. Numerous contributors have since joined the Sass community and have helped keep the project thriving.
- compass-style.org: Compass is an open-source CSS authoring framework
- sassmeister.com: SassMeister is a playground for Sass, Compass, and LibSass
- mhs.github.io/scout-app: Scout runs Sass and Compass in a self-contained Ruby environment, letting you effortlessly manage all of your Sass projects with a handful of clicks
- bourbon.io: Bourbon is a simple and lightweight mixin library for Sass
- susy.oddbird.net: Susy is a Sass-based grid framework
- css2sass.herokuapp.com: Css2Sass is a CSS to Sass/SCSS converter
- github.com/brigade/scss-lint: Scss-lint is a tool to help keep your SCSS files clean and readable
- sassdoc.com: SassDoc is a documentation system to build pretty and powerful docs
- sass-guidelin.es: An opinionated styleguide for writing sane, maintainable and scalable Sass
There is a small, but steadily growing library of Sass-related books. They all take a slightly different look at Sass application in the real world, and are all worth a read.
- Pragmatic Guide to Sass by Hampton Catlin and Michael Lintorn Catlin
- Sass and Compass in Action by Wynn Netherland, Nathan Weizenbaum, Chris Eppstein, and Brandon Mathis
- Sass for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm
- Jump Start Sass by Hugo Giraudel and Miriam Suzanne
Here are a handful of articles to help new Sass users get familiar with the features of the language.
- Setting Up Sass on Windows
- Install and Update Sass on Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
- Getting Started with Sass
- Getting started with Sass and Compass
- Leveraging Sass mixins for cleaner code
- Understanding Variable Scope in Sass
- Referencing parent selectors using the ampersand character
- Sass control directives: @if, @for, @each and @while
- Hampton Catlin is the co-founder and CEO of Wordset, an online collaborative dictionary, and rarebit. He is also the inventor of Sass, Haml, and m.wikipedia.org. He’s the founder of the libsass project and the author of “The Pragmatic Guide to Sass.” He was formerly mobile lead at the Wikimedia Foundation and CTO of Moovweb, helping large companies build better interfaces.
- Natalie Weizenbaum is the primary developer and designer of Sass and has been involved in the project since the second commit. She lives in Seattle, Washington and works on Dart application libraries at Google.
- Chris Eppstein is a core contributor to Sass and the creator of Compass, the first Sass-based framework, and Eyeglass, a node-sass plugin ecosystem for NPM. He lives in San Jose, California with his wife and two children. He is an Engineer for LinkedIn.com, where his primary responsibility is to maintain Sass and many other Sass-related open source projects.
- Hugo Giraudel is a French front end developer working at Edenspiekermann in Berlin. He is an an active open-source contributor and conference speaker, maintainer of SassDoc and writer of Sass Guidelines.
- Miriam Suzanne is an author, performer, musician, designer, web developer, speaker and consultant. As co-founder of OddBird, she is creator for the open-source Accoutrement, Susy and True Sass toolkits.
- Roy Tomeij is a full stack developer and co-founder of a Ruby consultancy. He is specialized in Sass., and is an internationally acclaimed conference speaker on the subject.
- Jina Bolton is a designer, developer, writer and speaker. She leads the Sass brand and website.
- John W. Long is a full-stack application designer from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is Managing Editor of The Sass Way, a site covering the latest news and topics on handcrafting CSS with Sass and Compass.
Did I miss something with this post? Please leave more Sass tools, books, projects, gurus and conferences in the comments below.