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Intro to Sass

This class is a two-night series running on Tues, April 2nd and Thurs April 4th from 7pm to 9pm.

Sass is a language that extends CSS3. Knowing Sass will boost your professional development, saving time at work while keeping your resume fresh with this in-demand skill. Need proof? Check these salary comparisons on to see for yourself.

Sass takes the principles of CSS and HTML - separation of presentational style from content - and supercharges them, making your site’s CSS nimble and future-friendly. We’ll learn how to use Sass features like variables, mix-ins, nesting, and functions to make your CSS super clean and way more powerful - replacing the need for memorizing complex CSS3 selectors, hex codes and vendor prefixes. Along the way, you’ll install Ruby on Rails, learn to use the command line, enhance your browser’s code inspector and write your own custom functions for Sass with some basic programming concepts to guide you.

To get the most out of this class, you should have a working knowledge of HTML & CSS. You may have taken Intro to HTML or HTML5/CSS3 through Girl Develop It, and have built your own site or already build websites regularly. You're comfortable with writing CSS already and are ready to take your skills to the next level. Please take our required CSS quiz to make sure you're ready for this class. A 7 out of 10 score means you qualify to take this class.

About the Teacher:

Catherine Farman is a Front End Developer for ecommerce software firm WebLinc in Old City, Philadelphia. She spends her days building standards-based interfaces with the latest and greatest HTML, CSS, and Javascript tools for awesome clients, and her nights prepping talks on responsive design and polishing her JS & Python skills. Catherine studied History of Art & Spanish at Bryn Mawr College, and is proof that you don't need a CS degree to work in technology. Follow her at @cfarm.

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  • cassandra

    I cannot say this often enough: the caliber of GDI teaching is unreal!! Cat was amazing at explaining the core concepts of SASS. Also, the group of amazing women in that room was so inspiring. At one point, i took pause, lifted my eyes from my screen and looked around the room: it made me so happy to be there at that moment, esp. after a really poopy work day! And, okay: TAs you women and men have the patience of SAINTS. thank you 20 times over for all your help and putting up with my hand flying up every 5 minutes! i just love GDI!!!! :)

    7 · April 5, 2013

    • Pamela

      You captured the moment Cassandra! You're spot on.

      2 · April 5, 2013

    • De Angela D.

      I agree wholeheartedly with Cassandra. The time and preparation that Cat put in BEFORE the workshop was extremely transparent and very much appreciated. I have been to a gazillion tech workshops in my lifetime, and this was one of the best if not THE BEST. I wouldn't hesitate to go to another workshop that Cat leads. Thanks GDI!

      2 · April 5, 2013

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    A former member

    Informative! So much content.

    April 5, 2013

  • Karen M.


    2 · April 4, 2013

  • Chelsea M.

    Odd question: Any scooter parking around this hall? Worth a shot!

    March 18, 2013

    • Pamela

      Thanks for the info Adina. I just signed up. Jana, how many assignments are given in a week.

      April 3, 2013

    • Jana V.

      There is one assignment each week, but it's a project which can take about 3-10 hours to complete each week.

      April 3, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Thanks for all your patience last night Cat! Last night I asked about SASS and WordPress. Turns out that WordCamp Miami is live streaming their entire event this weekend– April 6! At 2:45 there is a class with David Parsons- Amplifying your WordPress CSS with Compass & SASS. Here's the link:

    3 · April 3, 2013

    • Pamela

      Thanks for this Karen!

      April 3, 2013

  • Ramya

    I can't make it today and have a severe stomach upset :( Will definitely want to attend this session in future.

    April 2, 2013

  • Amy M.

    I can't make this class but would be very interested in a future one.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Karen M.


    March 19, 2013

  • Tracy

    Will the class touch on LESS, too, or only focus on SASS. If you learn SASS is it easy to learn LESS? Is it just a matter of learning different a syntax? Thanks!

    February 26, 2013

    • Cat

      We'll focus on Sass but I plan to show some Less examples in the 2nd session and show the differences. The two share some
      concepts like mixins - so even though syntax is different, you can use what you learn and apply it to Less. That said, Sass actually has more programming type features that we will use that Less doesn't. More info:­

      February 27, 2013

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