SASS (Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets) is the newest and most useful addition to the web developer’s repertoire, and benefits all parties involved with the web development process, from clients to developers to designers. Utilizing SASS in the coding process eliminates errors, allows for changes later in the development cycle to be made with ease, and produces a more dynamic final product that is easier to update.
SASS streamlines the coding process by assigning commonly used values to variables. This feature ensures greater consistency throughout the code, thereby drastically reducing the potential for simple typing errors that can require hours of debugging to correct. Making use of variables within SASS also allows the web developer to edit much of the content from one spot, further reducing the potential for errors, and boosting efficiency.
Allows for Later Decision-Making
Prior to SASS, major changes made to a website design late in the development process would often result in the need to redesign much of the site in order to accommodate the newly added design features. Now, by integrating SASS into the coding of a website, new design features can be incorporated into the code quickly and easily, even in the later stages of development. With SASS, brilliant design ideas suggested by the client or designer no longer have to be assessed for ease of integration in the later stages of development, they can be added in at any time.
Finally, SASS creates an end product for the client that is dynamic and easy to update. For example, with SASS it is much easier to show a client many different font or color theme options on a live site. Additionally, SASS allows a website to be updated with a new look much faster than the average site, resulting in an end product that can be updated for compatibility with any future web technologies or company rebranding.
SASS is a valuable tool that streamlines both the development and maintenance processes for any website by reducing possible errors, allowing for flexibility during the design process, and resulting in a final website that is optimized for future updates.