Posts Tagged ‘LESS’

There are great and popular CSS preprocessors like SASS and LESS.

Myth is an other one which allows us to write pure CSS without having to worry about browser support, or even slow spec approval.

Myth CSS

It simply functions like a CSS polyfill but we can still use variables and math functions.

The tool auto-adds browser-prefixes, runs on Nodejs and has a nice JavaScript API.

There are popular CSS preprocessors like Less or Sass which are written with a custom syntax (and compiled to CSS with JavaScript or scripting languages).

AbsurdJS is another preprocessor which supports both HTML + CSS and written in JavaScript.


It is available for Nodejs + the browser and has the advantage of providing an already-popular syntax: JavaScript.

Just like other pre-processors, it can be only used to generate the CSS file or as JavaScript to make use of variables and any other dynamic features.

Semantic is an exciting new front-end framework that comes with a set of specifications for sharing UI elements between developers.

The vocabulary used (for classes and IDs) is much clear compared to alternatives which lowers the learning curve.

Semantic UI

There are styles for many HTML elements, UI elements and scenarios (buttons, forms, tables, accordion, navigation, commenting..).

LESS is used as the CSS pre-processor and Semantic is currently in a pre-release version but planned to be improved with much more stuff.

Web designers/developers who write client-side code with a language that needs to be compiled, usually lose some time going back and forth with their editors and the compiling interface (usually command line).

If you don’t already have a setup for auto-compiling, Koala might be what you need.

It is a desktop application that works on Windows, Mac + Linux and can compile Less, Sass, Compass + CoffeeScript.

Koala Compiler

Koala can compile the files manually or automatically once they are changed and compresses them.

Also, it is possible to set different options for each file to be compiled.

KineticWing is a free IDE that is lightweight, portable and works on all major operating systems (Mac support is mentioned to be coming soon).

It is not a complicated IDE but more like a smart text editor with modern features.

These features include support for Sass or Less (with built-in compiler), HTML5-CSS3 or CoffeeScript.

KineticWing IDE

A great feature is the ability to extending it with JavaScript plugins and there are already many like JSHint, JSLint, Less Compiler, JSBeauty..

KineticWing is supporting server-side languages as well and more of them are being added within time.

The editor is not yet perfect, it is in beta status, but the features and roadmap are very promising.