Starting up SASS

SASS is a Ruby gem

I am using Windows 10 to play with SASS:

1. Install SASS from your Terminal:
$ gem install sass

2. Create a SASS file:
$ touch style.css.scss

3. Run this to compile your SASS into CSS file:
$ sass input.scss output.css

4. Watch changes to this file’s directory (optional):
$ sass –watch app/sass:public/stylesheets

5. Watch changes to the stylesheet files:
$ sass –watch input.scss:output.css

This is really great to keep running in a separate terminal so that your stylesheet.css file gets updated with your .scss changes automatically.

Some helpful links:
@mixins: http://www.sitepoint.com/sass-mixins-kickstart-project/

@media queries: http://thesassway.com/intermediate/responsive-web-design-in-sass-using-media-queries-in-sass-32

Main site: http://sass-lang.com/

Icons | Gradients | Asset Pipeline

I’ve just completed the first part of Part VII of Rob Dey’s Codermanual course! He recommended some great resources for styling your website and improving site loading speed.

This is what my Rails app looks like so far, after completing the first part of Part VII:
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Font Awesome

If you want to add icons to your website, you can go to Font Awesome where there are tons of free pre-made icons. You can resize the icons, add them to a drop-down menu, and also add animations to the icons.

You can read their Getting Started page here to learn how to integrate it into your Rails app.


UIGradients

UI Gradients Color Design
A great website for getting CSS codes for pre-made color gradients. The website has a beautiful layout, with easy navigation. Click on the gradient you fancy and check out the CSS code. Simply copy and paste into your project!


Asset Pipeline

The asset pipeline in Ruby on Rails combines all your CSS files into one file, and all your JavaScript files into one file. Compressing them for faster loading speeds. In Rails 4, the asset pipeline is automatically added in your Gemfile under:

gem 'sass-rails'
gem 'uglifier'
gem 'coffee-rails'

If you don’t want your Rails application to automatically load the asset pipeline feature, you can just type this when creating a new Rails app:

$ rails new appname --skip-sprockets

Read more here: http://guides.rubyonrails.org/asset_pipeline.html


PageSpeed Insights

Enter your website URL here to check how fast your site loads on both mobile and desktop. Google will recommend what improvements you should make as well as let you know what you are doing right.
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