Foreword for Sass for Web Designers
I enjoyed how Jeremy Keith published his foreward to the book Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte. I shall do the same for Sass for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm!
Sass, as Dan will teach you in this book, has all the tools of abstraction we need. Repetitive values become variables. Repetitive groups of styles become extends. Complex rulesets and tedious vendor prefixing become mixins. With those translations comes CSS that is manageable and maintainable at any scale.
Moving to Sass isn’t a comfortable transition for some. Dan knows that all too well. He has been working with and teaching CSS to the world since before I knew what a div was. But Dan is a craftsman of the web. Just as a craftsman of wood knows when his chisel is dull, Dan knew that working directly in CSS these days is just like that dull chisel: you can do it, but you’re liable to hurt yourself.
By the time you finish this book and give Sass a real try on your first project, you’ll be a master of 95% of the important, truly value-adding parts of Sass. Let Dan be your guide. Learn that Sass doesn’t make your job harder, it makes it easier.