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Less Web Development Essentials

By : Bass Jobsen
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Less Web Development Essentials

By: Bass Jobsen

Overview of this book

Less is a CSS preprocessor that essentially improves the functionality of simple CSS with the addition of several features. The book begins by teaching you how Less facilitates the process of web development. You will quickly then move on to actually creating your first layout using Less and compiling your very first Less code. Next, you will learn about variables and mixins and how they will help in building robust CSS code. In addition, you'll learn how to keep your code clean and test it by using style guides. We will then move on to the concept of Bootstrapping and the strength of using Less with Twitter Bootstrap. Going one step further, you will be able to customize Twitter's Bootstrap 3 using Less. Finally, you will learn how to integrate Less into your WordPress themes and explore other web apps that use Less. By leveraging this powerful CSS preprocessor, you will be able to consistently produce amazing web applications while making CSS code development an enjoyable experience.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Less Web Development Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers


In this chapter, you refreshed and extended your knowledge about CSS3. You learned how to compile your Less code on the client side. Furthermore, you have written the code that allows you to have rounded corners, gradients, and animations in Less, so you can now witness the profits of using Less and take the crucial initial steps to organize and plan your new projects. You witnessed why you would want to use CSS resets, how to compile these into Less code, as well as how the box-sizing border-box can make your job easier. You also saw what a mixin is, how to use it, and how you can import a Less file with the @import directive. Last but not least, you have learned what server-side compiling is and how to use GUIs.

In the next chapter, you will learn how to use variables in Less and how to build and use complex mixins.