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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
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Using grids in your designs and work flow

The preceding media query example did not use a grid. You may be wondering what a grid is and why you should use it. Grid-based layouts divide your design into a collection of equal-sized columns and rows. Content and graphical elements can be organized according to this layout. Grids help in creating a logical and formal structure for designs. It prevents inconsistencies between the original design and the final implementation in HTML as designers and developers work with the same grid.

Grids are also helpful in responsive design, because the grid's columns can easily be rearranged to fit different screen widths.

In the preliminary chapters of this book you already read about CSS modules that defined layout structures. Flex boxes and columns can be used to define CSS layouts and grids. Although these layouts are responsive by default or can easily be defined as responsive, they are not the common way to define your CSS layouts yet. As mentioned earlier...