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Sass and Compass Designer's Cookbook

By : Bass Jobsen, Stuart Robson
Book Image

Sass and Compass Designer's Cookbook

By: Bass Jobsen, Stuart Robson

Overview of this book

Sass and Compass Designer's Cookbook helps you to get most out of CSS3 and harness its benefits to create engaging and receptive applications. This book will help you develop faster and reduce the maintenance time for your web development projects by using Sass and Compass. You will learn how to use with CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation and understand how to use other libraries of pre-built mixins. You will also learn setting up a development environment with Gulp. This book guides you through all the concepts and gives you practical examples for full understanding.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Sass and Compass Designer's Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Using Sass on the command line

You can run Sass on the command line to compile your Sass files directly into the CSS code.

Getting ready

In the Installing Sass for command line usage recipe of this chapter, you have already read how to install Sass. Linux users have to open a terminal, while Mac users have to run the, and Window users have to use the cmd command for command-line usage.

How to do it...

Use the following steps to find out how to compile your Sass code in the command line:

  1. Create a Sass template called first.scss that contains the following SCSS code:

    $color: orange;
    p {
      color: $color;
  2. Then, run the following command in your console:

    sass first.scss
  3. You will find that the preceding command outputs the CSS code as it is shown here:

    p {
      color: orange; }

How it works...

Firstly, notice that the example code in this recipe uses the newer SCSS syntax for Sass. In the Writing Sass or SCSS recipe of this chapter, you can read why this book uses the SCSS syntax in favor of the original indented Sass syntax.

The sass command directly outputs the compiled CSS code to your console. To save the output in a file, you will have to set a second output argument, as follows:

sass first.scss first.css

The preceding command creates a new first.css CSS file that contains the compiled CSS code.

There's more...

When compiling your Sass templates into CSS files, Sass does not only create CSS files, but also a folder called .sass-cache. By default, Sass caches compile templates and partials. In the Working with partials recipe of this chapter, you can read what partials are. Caching of the compiled templates and partials makes recompiling after your changes faster.

You can use the --no-cache option to disable caching.

The --compass option makes Compass imports available and loads the project's configuration. You can read more about this option in the Extending Sass with Compass helper functions and more recipe of Chapter 6, Using Compass.