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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

Building your project with a responsive grid

In the preceding examples, only the grid columns were defined. This should give you a good and realistic impression of how grids work and how to use them. A complete grid code also defines responsive containers and row classes. Most grids will also have so-called gutters between their columns. A gutter (mostly fixed) is a space that separates columns. This also means that a width spanning two columns include one gutter.

In Chapter 4, Avoid Reinventing the Wheel, you have learned to reuse Less and prebuilt mixins; you can do the same for grids. It won't be necessary to write the complete code yourself. Frameworks such as Twitter's Bootstrap, the Golden Grid System (, or Less Framework 4 ( will provide you with all the Less code and mixins you need. Some of these frameworks will be discussed in further detail in Chapter 6, Bootstrap3, WordPress, and Other Applications.

The following examples will...