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.
This question has been asked here already. The answer is 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)
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.
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.
Thanks. Very helpful as I use bootstrap and was curious if Sass could even work with it.
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!
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.
LESS. To me, it just makes more sense and is very easy to pick up if you've worked with CSS a lot.
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.
It's Sass not SASS.
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."
Just as an aside, it is Sass not SASS
SASS for dayz.
Less is Betamax. Less is Minidisc. Less is HD DVD.
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.)
Thanks everybody. Looking into Sass more now. Need to understand how to get Bootstrap working with it too.