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  • Wanting to start delving into SASS, CoffeeScript, HAML, etc. to learn the new techniques and have heard of people using them with WordPress. Anyone out there that has used them (either development or production), I have a few questions:

    – Are you running all Ruby on local development machines, compiling and serving static resources to production servers? If so, is MAMP (or MAMP Pro) a satisfactory way to do that? I’ve seen tools like LiveReload on Mac or plugins like Wordless that seem to indicate working locally is the best way to go.

    – If dealing with clients that cannot run Ruby on their servers, will developing locally work?

    – Any issues you may have run into with conflicts between Ruby and WordPress?

    Trying to find ways to streamline my development processes and SASS could definitely prove useful with mixins, variables, etc. – looking for some direction on the best way to use these languages.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!


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  • I just pondered this question too. A shame that 10 months have gone by and no one has posted.

    What have you found Matt? Ben


    I am fairly new to Sass myself. I use it on a local development and this was mostly motivated by the responsive theme – Bones by Eddie Machado (

    On my local machine I simply installed ScouttApp ( which is fairly easy to use and learn.

    To get a grasp and Sass, you may consider working from an already existing sass template (layout) such as the bones theme before diving into the hard core stuff. There are plenty of themes using sass out there.

    Good luck!

    Completely forgot I even wrote this forum post. I’ve been using SASS and Compass with every project I work on now. I use CodeKit for all of my compiling locally on my Mac and develop with MAMP, so all SASS/Compass gets compiled down to a minified CSS file. CodeKit also minifies and lints my JavaScript, which is nice (been starting to get into CoffeeScript, which it handles too).

    I have my own base theme that I work from and it’s on GitHub: It has some SCSS basics in there, it calls Compass, and has a config.rb file in the theme root to tell CodeKit (or whatever Compass compiler) how to process the files.

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