Having been knee deep in CSS for a number of years I had become set in my ways. Like many other people I much prefered to hand code and generally avoided "frameworks". Looking back I am hard pushed to work out why, as I say I was set in my ways.

Towards the tail end of 2011 I was chatting with my good friend Greg and he asked if I had tried out Sass. I mentioned I had heard about it but hadn't really tried it in anger. After a quick demo I was a convert.

Whilst I don't use the nesting capabilities that much variables, mixins and selector inheritance make creating CSS quicker and more maintanable. If you write more than a few lines of CSS a day then I encourage you to give it a try.

Couple this with a utility like CodeKit for Mac and you won't even need to open up Terminal and start installing Ruby and Gems. Next on my learning list, spurred on by Mr. Bodien, is Compass.

Dive Deeper

If you want to know more about the Pastry Box Project, you can read about the genesis (and goals) of the project.

Swim In The Stream

A stream of all the thoughts published on the Pastry Box Project is available. Keep it open somewhere, and lose yourself in it whenever you feel like it.

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