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SASS or LESS?

7 years ago from , Product Designer @ SmugMug

Thinking of learning one, but unsure which to choose. Would love to know what you all think is the better tool form a designer's POV.

20 comments

  • Colm TuiteColm Tuite, almost 7 years ago

    This question has been asked here already. The answer is Sass.

    7 points
  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, almost 7 years ago

    Sass.

    I have used both extensively (used Less when building parts of barackobama.com, Sass for everything since) - Sass is far more powerful.

    Most arguments I have heard say Sass is too complicated but I don't believe that to be true. You could pick up most of the things you need to learn about it in an evening of messing around. (Thats exactly what I did)

    5 points
    • Jacob ThompsonJacob Thompson, almost 7 years ago

      Seconding Manik.

      I think I managed to get a good idea of how Sass works in about three hours spread over a couple of days. It's easy, and amazing.

      0 points
  • Luke ChesserLuke Chesser, almost 7 years ago

    At this point there isn't really a difference between the two. They're both fairly close in terms of every-day features. I've used them both, I'd probably recommend Sass, because it seems to get more love (the Ruby community is bigger than the Node/JS community currently). The only thing propping LESS up still is Bootstrap, which is written in LESS, although there is a port of it to Sass.

    It doesn't really matter which one you learn, the main thing is to pick one and learn it, because it will make your life so much easier. Once you learn one, it's easy to learn the other.

    2 points
  • Kelly LawrenceKelly Lawrence, almost 7 years ago

    Unfortunately, I've never really tried out LESS, but I can definitely recommend SASS!

    The SASS syntax specifically. I'm more partial to it than the newer SCSS syntax, but that's just a personal preference of me enjoying not having to end everything with }'s and ;'s!

    1 point
  • Craig Murray, almost 7 years ago

    Thanks everybody. Looking into Sass more now. Need to understand how to get Bootstrap working with it too.

    0 points
  • Oscar MarceloOscar Marcelo, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Sass. Period.

    It is by far the most used, it has two flavors, pure Sass and SCSS, and being the most popular, it has more plugins/frameworks/whatever.

    (Now yes, Period.)

    0 points
  • Antonio Ordóñez ForeroAntonio Ordóñez Forero, almost 7 years ago

    Less is Betamax. Less is Minidisc. Less is HD DVD.

    0 points
  • Ryan Duffy, 7 years ago

    Sass.

    0 points
  • Sasha MSasha M, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Sass.

    Much easier to maintain styles codebase, find code smells, better code reuse. Moving towards OOCSS is easier, too.

    Many think that braces and semicolons don't matter, but if you have ever worked in team and migrated to programming language (or templating engine, or any preprocessor) with cleaner syntax you can't overrate code readability.

    Some may point out at Stylus, but it has too reduced syntax and much smaller community.

    0 points
  • Katie HarronKatie Harron, almost 7 years ago

    LESS. To me, it just makes more sense and is very easy to pick up if you've worked with CSS a lot.

    0 points
  • Travis VocinoTravis Vocino, almost 7 years ago

    Sass, absolutely. In my opinion, Sass has become the clear leader.

    It offers more versatility with Sass and SCSS syntax if that's a concern. CSS plays nicely with SCSS and you can easily integrate it into your existing projects.

    0 points
  • David Klein, 7 years ago

    It's Sass not SASS.

    0 points
    • Aaron WhiteAaron White, 7 years ago

      I'm detecting a bit of Sass in this response regarding SASS.... and also, it's Sass.

      "Sass is the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension language in the world."

      http://sass-lang.com

      0 points
  • Jared HardyJared Hardy, almost 7 years ago

    Just as an aside, it is Sass not SASS

    0 points
  • Alexander DinerAlexander Diner, almost 7 years ago

    SASS for dayz.

    0 points
  • Quentin R, almost 7 years ago

    Sass.

    0 points