SASS vs. LESS

Published 4 years 4 months ago on May 17, 2012 — 2 min read

SASS vs. LESS | CSS-Tricks.

I’m also often asked “which is better?” when it comes to LESS and Sass. I started working with Sass roughly a year ago as I was a holdout for some time. At first I simply assumed (like many) that it only worked with Ruby on Rails projects. I was quickly corrected on that. Then I fell back to my assumption that preprocessors like that would abstract me too far from the styles I was writing and I’d end up with this bloated junk that’s at least twice the size it would be had I written it by hand. The prospect of a preproccessor cheapened the craft for me.

That was until I started using it. The first few projects were a bit iffy, but I’d be hard pressed to not use Sass on a project today. When written properly, it’s going to save you time, keystrokes, bandwidth, and stress.

When I first dove in, the fact that there were these two competing projects (LESS and Sass) was also a turnoff. After a bit of research I was a bit turned off by the client side processing of LESS, even though that was just an option. Super petty I know, but that was one of the reasons I went with Sass out of the gate. I’m glad I did for a number of reasons. They’re well explained in Chris’ article, but a huge reason I side with Sass is Compass.

Compass is something I sought out to write myself before knowing it existed. The concept of a mixin library you can consistently use project-to-project was a huge eye-opener for me and I ended up starting down a path that Compass had already done for me.

There are tons of other great features in both projects, but it’s surely worth getting the rundown in this article.

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