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Like CSS? You'll LOVE LESS! If you're into CSS you know its power to transform

Like CSS? You'll LOVE LESS! ( see below for new format)
Theresa Roschea Ott, WordPress designer and owner of A Simpler Web is going to show us some beyond CSS magic called Less. If you're into CSS you know its power to transform your web site. Change colors. Use awesome fonts. Move things. Make them stay put. It's magical, right? But what if you heard about something even better, which built on everything you already know about CSS? Something that would let you streamline your work and quit writing the same things over and over again, and that would help you produce better, more consistent web sites? That something is LESS. Come to the Meetup and you'll learn a few tricks you can use right away, plus get tips on the best resources a LESS newbie can use to get up to speed. New Format We are trying something new this month with a Beginners meeting from 6:00 -7:00 PM and after a break, a more advanced session starting at 7:15. We will still be serving refreshments and you are welcomed to come and help out with the beginner group at no extra charge.

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  • melanie a.

    For all those who want to use the BackupBuddy plugin here is a coupon code good until the end of the month for 30% off...pluginbuddy.com and the coupon code is RESCUE30. The new 3.0 version is coming out soon and you will have access to the upgrade.

    March 29, 2012

  • Teresa Rosche O.

    Russ is right if you're working on a site that may be handed off to someone else.

    March 23, 2012

  • Russell F.

    I'd think that generally speaking it is better to not minify the css in the actual theme. The difference in performance is not as substancial as doing other things right like css image sprites, etc. Plus there are plugins that will also do this (as well as js minification) . The idea of having to jump into minified css on a (somebody's) theme scares me.

    1 · March 22, 2012

  • melanie a.

    oops sorry I didn't realize the link was so long...http://tinyurl.com/87xbl4n

    March 22, 2012

  • Teresa Rosche O.

    Firebug formats it nicely regardless. Check out thesimplerweb.com in Firebug. My CSS is LESS-generated minified CSS, but you'll get formatting with Firebug. And see that it's all on line 1 8-)

    March 22, 2012

  • Jeff C.

    Oops... I was assuming that a fully-minified CSS file (all on one line) wouldn't be very readable in Firebug. I wasn't thinking so much about line numbers. If I'm wrong about that, then minification isn't the problem I thought it would be. (I hadn't actually viewed a LESS-generated CSS file in Firebug when I wrote the above.)

    Yeah, line numbers will lose their magic any way you slice it.

    March 22, 2012

  • Teresa Rosche O.

    I like that LESS.app gives you the option to minify, which I do recommend. But as I mentioned last night, I realized that the line numbers of the compiled CSS don't match up with the LESS file anyway, which is what I'm going back and updating. So knowing the line number for the compiled CSS didn't help me. How are you using line numbers, Jeff?

    March 22, 2012

  • Cara S.

    Great intro to a concept that will no doubt be a time saver. Thanks Teresa for sharing!

    March 22, 2012

  • Tom T.

    A thoughtfully-planned presentation. Helpful info. Thanks Teresa!

    March 22, 2012

  • Jeff C.

    Just completed my first LESS test, adding some LESS language to an existing CSS file, saving it as .less, and compling on desktop. (I'm on Windows.) First tried simpleLESS complier; did NOT like, especially b/c it minifies the css. (Not cool for a Firebug addict.)

    Am really liking WinLess Windows desktop LESS compiler: a) simple and intuitive; b) minifying is an OPTION, not required. Very kewl:
    http://winless.org/

    HTH.

    Thanks again, Teresa, for an inspiring presentation.

    March 22, 2012

  • Diana N.

    Thanks Judi and Teresa! Good company, good information!

    March 22, 2012

  • Teresa Rosche O.

    If you're looking for the slides from the presentation last night you can get to them from my blog here: http://www.thesimplerweb.com/blog/

    If you have a photo of the meetup you'd like to share I'd love to include it in the post and link back to you if you'll send it to me. A tweet to @thesimplerweb with the link will work.

    So good to see all the interest in LESS!!!

    March 22, 2012

  • Jeff C.

    Thanks, Teresa. Your excellent presentation rekindled my interest in using LESS. I shall dive in soon.

    1 · March 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming to the 6pm session and will be staying for the CSS after. I can't RSVP because it takes me to payment option. Just wanted you to know I'll be attending the 7pm as well.

    March 20, 2012

  • Judi K.

    If you would like to come early and help with beginners please do at no extra charge.

    March 16, 2012

  • Russell F.

    Hi! in case you're wondering how to get less into your theme... Here is a simple (super simple) plugin that lets you start using LESS in about 13 seconds. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-less-for-wordpress/ Enjoy!

    1 · March 15, 2012

  • Teresa Rosche O.

    Hi Nathan! This is an intro for people who've gotten into neither SASS nor LESS, and LESS (in my experience so far) has been extremely doable for newbies, so I'm not going to stray from the aim of getting people to pair a CSS pre-processor with WordPress. But I would personally LOVE it if we had another MeetUp devoted entirely to SASS.

    March 7, 2012

  • Nathan P.

    Why not SASS? I would live to hear debate and difference about the two. Myself and another will join this meetup to create great discussion if anyone knows something about both. Shit, we'll probably come anyway, but it would be nice to hear any knowledge on BOTH products.

    March 7, 2012

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