Getting Sassy With CSS - A Sass Workshop

  • September 23, 2014 · 6:00 PM

Session #1: Tuesday, September 23 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Session #2: Thursday, September 25 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Sass Setup Happy Hour will be from 5:30-6pm prior to the start of class on Tuesday. Please join us early if you are unable to get Sass setup prior to class time.

Dinner will be provided by Nutshell on both days.

This is an intermediate workshop intended for students with a solid foundational understanding of CSS.

I don't know about you, but vanilla CSS always leaves me wanting more. It's a fairly simple language, can do some pretty powerful things, but after a while... well, it can become rather tedious to work with. 

Enter Sass: Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets. Sass is a CSS meta-language and precompiler that makes the prettification of your website a breeze by adding invaluable features of more traditional programming languages. 

In this workshop, we'll jump right in to the Sass workflow and cover all the key game changers - nesting, variables, mixins, inheritance, and directives. We'll also cover some of the gotchyas, tools and extensions, and tips on organization and coding standards.

PREREQUISITES: Students should be familiar and comfortable working with HTML and CSS.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your laptop and charger to all class sessions. Power strips & Wi-Fi will be provided.  We'll also send out any setup instructions prior to the event.


Julie Cameron is co-founder of Girl Develop It Ann Arbor and a frontend developer for Articulate who works with Sass every day. She is a responsive web design advocate, student of JavaScript, agile proponent, and self improvement practitioner.

Twitter @jewlofthelotus

SCHOLARSHIPS: We are offering scholarships on a limited basis for students with financial need. Please complete our scholarship application if you are interested. Applications must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of the class dates. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email at least 1 week before the first class.  

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: If fewer than 12 students register for this workshop, GDI Ann Arbor may postpone or cancel it.  In that event a refund or class credit will be available to any students who have paid to attend. 

QUESTIONS? We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at [masked]


About Nutshell

Nutshell is building modern software with a focus on an elegant user interface and powerful data. We’re working hard to deliver the future of business software: enterprise-level features with the ease-of-use found in popular web applications. We exist to make businesses more productive.

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All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct. 

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  • Karen D.

    Environment for Humans is having their first
    Sass Summit on November 6.
    Info here:
    20% off code: E4HNEWS

    October 21

  • Karen D.

    For those in our group that work with WordPress, Sitepoint just had a great post about using Sass in WordPress with links to some more great material.

    1 · September 28

    • Julie C.

      Thanks, Karen! I even had this in the queue for GDI tweets!

      1 · September 29

  • Kris R.

    Learned a lot and reinforced a lot in me. Also know that I need to take a few steps back because I'm somewhere between familiarity and knowledge.

    2 · September 27

    • Julie C.

      Glad you were able to join us, Kris! Just know that every little bit of information you can absorb will help you move forward in this industry!

      September 27

  • Karen D.

    Thanks Julie for a great workshop. Just the knowledge and motivation I needed to make sure I implement Sass on our next project.
    Thanks to Ronda and Chris for their support and photos.

    3 · September 26

    • Julie C.

      Awesome! I'm hear if you have any questions as you get working with Sass in the real world!

      September 27

  • Olga H.

    It was a very useful workshop. I learned a lot of cool stuff. Julie is pretty good teacher too.

    3 · September 26

    • Julie C.

      Glad you were able to join us!

      September 27

  • Julie C.

    Looking forward to seeing you all tonight! Please remember to arrive early (5:30pm) if you need help getting Sass running!

    We'll also have dinner provided courtesy of Nutshell!

    1 · September 23

  • Erika G.

    Sadly I won't be able to make it because of my work schedule this week. Hopefully there will be another one in the future!

    September 21

    • Julie C.

      Sorry to hear you can't make it! Hope to see you for the next one!

      September 23

  • Julie C.

    Happy Saturday everyone! You should be receiving an email from me shortly with some instructions to get you set up for the workshop on Tuesday. Please let me know if you have any questions!

    We will also be available beginning at 5:30pm on Tuesday to help any students having trouble. Please arrive early if you can't get Sass running prior to class.

    I've also posted these instructions in the forum

    See you Tuesday!

    September 20

  • Chris D.

    2 day workshop for Sass? I only got one day! I'm jealous.

    August 16

    • Julie C.

      Same workshop, just split in half ;)

      August 17

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