Coffeescript, Bootstrap, and Less Are Amazing
I’ve been doing backend development exclusively for a long time now. When I decided to build splitmytab.net, I had sourced the front end development to HTML burger. I got the design through 99designs. Both were fine, but I really didn’t require anything past a basic utility site.
Enter CoffeeScript. After only a few days, I realized that front end development could be less painful, even enjoyable. Writing CoffeeScript was an incredible experience, because I didn’t have to think about it. I didn’t need to nest a mess of parenthesis and braces to handle callbacks anymore, they just indented beautifully.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I start looking at Bootstrap 2.0. I decided to switch my custom CSS on splitmytab to Bootstrap. The defaults out of the box are pretty good - they give you easy to use grid layouts, nice buttons, icons… everything I needed.
The only hitch came when I realized I needed to change a few sizes. Most notably, I wanted a 760 layout in order to fit in a Facebook canvas. In order to customize the CSS, it’s time to install Less. I can’t say enough great things about Less. It has solved everything I despise about working with CSS.
I believe Bryan D K Jones has said it better than I ever could.
If you’re still building websites without it, you’re an idiot.
Editing the Less files to tweak the appearance of splitmytab has become incredibly simple. I can’t say enough good things about it.If you found this post helpful, please consider sharing to your network. I'm also available to help you be successful with your distributed systems! Please reach out if you're interested in working with me, and I'll be happy to schedule a free one-hour consultation.