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LESS CSS Preprocessor Workshop

LESS is Moar:
LESS is Moar, a guide to easier and more efficient CSS using the LESS preprocessor.

With normal CSS, you rely on the cascade to save you time and typing. You hand craft your HTML. You carefully label, classify, and identify elements. You meticulously style to draw in users while delivering your complex and expressive design.
LESS extends CSS with dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions and is available as a javascript, ruby gem, or easy-to-use apps.

This workshop will teach the easy way to write CSS using the LESS preprocessor. You'll learn how to nest selectors for easy reference, make use of variables for colors, fonts, and even image paths, use operations to calculate widths and modify colors, and even learn a bulletproof method for dealing with vendor prefixes.
In short, you'll learn how to focus more of your time on the design and less on the stylesheet.

About the speaker Randy Oest, aka Amazing Rando, is a Web designer and developer unicorn with a desire to make the Web a better place. He works at Williams Randall Marketing downtown.

Follow him on twitter at @amazingrando.

Doors will open at 6:30 for pizza and conversation, and to get all files needed.

DWI

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  • Randy Oest I.

    For those who would like to play along during the session, the files for tonight can be downloaded at https://www.dropbox.com/s/y3le13ygqdanyt2/less-is-moar%20-%20site%20files.zip.

    February 6, 2013

  • Todd S.

    DWI has just put up their latest workshop on LESS with @amazingrando. Check it out here. https://vimeo.com/59367305

    February 10, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Devs, We had another exciting workshop and Randy Oest did an amazing job with the workshop. He explained LESS very well, and it seemed that everyone walked away with something learned. We appreciate everyone showing up and hope that the support for the group continues. We are looking forward to the all day workshop as well. 

    Again, I want to give a big shout out to Jacob Leffler and The Basement for hosting the workshop and supplying the pizza and drinks. We truly appreciate the support, and look forward to seeing you again.

    Thank you,
    DWI

    February 10, 2013

  • Neil A.

    Was at Purdue career fair all day and passed out on couch before meetup. During nap dreamt I went to meetup anyway on small go-kart. 4 stars

    February 7, 2013

    • Scott W.

      lol just blue turtle shell that LESS to victory!

      February 7, 2013

  • Emily T.

    Hey guys - So sorry I missed you last night! Had some unexpected things come up and wasn't able to get out to The Basement. Hope you all learned something new and that I'll get to see you next month!

    February 7, 2013

    • Scott W.

      No worries! There's always next time :)

      February 7, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Randy did a great job. It was a good turn out too.

    February 7, 2013

  • Taha K.

    I'm glad I learn something new last night! Great session, and awesome delivery Randy!

    2 · February 7, 2013

  • Randy Oest I.

    So here are some useful LESS links:

    The main site (also home of the js): http://lesscss.org/

    Codekit, the app I recommend for compiling: http://incident57.com/codekit/

    This is the tool that I used to demo: http://less2css.org/

    And lastly here is an excellent written tutorial: http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/tutorials/htmlcss-tutorials/get-into-less-the-programmable-stylesheet-language/

    3 · February 7, 2013

    • Devi

      Thanks Randy

      February 7, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Great demo! I'm glad I finally came out and met some of you, I'm looking to become a regular. I second the interest in a future JavaScript MVC* meetup. Cheers!

    2 · February 7, 2013

  • Kyle W.

    Very informative!

    2 · February 6, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Love it. Randy did a great job going through everything it takes to be a LESS pro.

    4 · February 6, 2013

  • Todd S.

    Here is the slides for tonights meeting. http://www.slideshare.net/amazing-rando/less-is-moar

    February 6, 2013

  • Randy Oest I.

    Hi there everyone! I'm excited for tonight's talk. See you tonight.

    3 · February 6, 2013

    • Taha K.

      Looking forward for tonight's workshop!

      1 · February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe I'm getting too specific for a general workshop, but most of the problems I've run into using Less are process and theory questions. I'd recommend that encapsulation methodologies (how many child elements should we have/performance?), embedded media queries (using @media within a rule), debugging tips (since you are using compiled code, the line numbers don't match the source file), and convenient parent selectors like ".lt-ie9 & {}" are discussed. My three cents.

    2 · January 28, 2013

    • Randy Oest I.

      Excellent suggestions.

      If anyone else has particular issues, if you post 'em, I'll try to address them.

      January 28, 2013

  • jeremiah

    looking forward to it!

    January 28, 2013

  • Emily T.

    Looking forward to catching up with everyone!

    January 28, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Can't wait. Thanks!

    January 28, 2013

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