8 essential Sass resources to sharpen your skills

There are a wealth of resources available to help you take your Sass skills to the next level. The official Sass website itself, sass-lang.com (opens in new tab), is very thorough and has tons of examples.

Beyond that, here are eight top sites and books to explore:

01. Compass (opens in new tab)

Compass is an open-source CSS authoring framework. Compass-style.org it the best source for Compass documentation and goodies.

02. Bourbon (opens in new tab)

Bourbon - made, maintained and funded by thoughtbot (opens in new tab) - is a simple and lightweight mixin library for Sass.

03. CodePen (opens in new tab)

CodePen is a JavaScript, HTML and CSS code editor that packs an instant preview. It also also works in a browser which means, in an instant, you can test and admire share your creations. CodePen is also a great place to practice your Sass, peruse other coders and share your work!

04. CSS Tricks (opens in new tab)

Despite its name, CSS Tricks - created and maintained by Chris Coyier - is also a great place to learn about Sass. It's also well worth checking out the site's Shop Talk podcast for design and development news.

05. The Sass Way (opens in new tab)

The Sass Way is a great site. It contains tons of excellent user-submitted articles covering everything you'd ever want to know about or do with Sass. The site uses an open publishing model and relies on contributions from the community.

06. Sass for Web Designers (opens in new tab)

Sass for Web Designers is a book by Dan Cederholm covering everything from Sass basics to advanced techniques. The paperback book costs $18 (plus shipping), and the ebook costs just $9.

07. LibSass (opens in new tab)

LibSass is a C/C++ port of the Sass engine. It aims to be simple, fast and easy to integrate.

08. Sassmeister (opens in new tab)

Sasmeister.com (opens in new tab) is a playground for Sass. It enables you to experiment, play, learn and also see your CSS output.

Words: Jackie Balzer

Jackie Balzer (opens in new tab) is an expert in Sass, CSS, HTML and JavaScript. This article first appeared in net magazine (opens in new tab) issue 258.

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