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Compass vs Sass: What are the differences?

What is Compass? A Stylesheet Authoring Environment that makes your website design simpler to implement and easier to maintain. The compass core framework is a design-agnostic framework that provides common code that would otherwise be duplicated across other frameworks and extensions.

What is Sass? Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It's translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

Compass and Sass can be categorized as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" tools.

"No vendor prefix CSS pain" is the primary reason why developers consider Compass over the competitors, whereas "Variables" was stated as the key factor in picking Sass.

Compass and Sass are both open source tools. Sass with 12K GitHub stars and 1.93K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Compass with 6.91K GitHub stars and 1.23K GitHub forks.

Airbnb, Square, and Pandora are some of the popular companies that use Sass, whereas Compass is used by Weebly, Movielala, and Custora. Sass has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2098 company stacks & 1484 developers stacks; compared to Compass, which is listed in 88 company stacks and 42 developer stacks.

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Originally, I was going to start using Sass with Parcel, but then I learned about Stylus, which looked interesting because it can get the property values of something directly instead of through variables, and PostCSS, which looked interesting because you can customize your Pre/Post-processing. Which tool would you recommend?

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You're not correct with saying "vs Postcss". You're using Less/Sass/Stylus/... to produce "CSS" (maybe extended means it has some future features) and then in any case PostCSS will play (it is shipped with Parcel/NextJS/CRA/...)

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Decisions about Compass and Sass
Saulius Kolesinskas
Engineering Manager at Vinted · | 5 upvotes · 3K views

We extensively use Sass and CSS Modules as our styling solution at Vinted. Even though we considered adopting a CSS-in-JS library, we ultimately leaned towards the flexibility that Sass and CSS Modules offer.

Vinted also has an internal design system where Storybook is used for development and documentation.

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Noel Broda
Founder, CEO, CTO at NoFilter · | 2 upvotes · 9.3K views

We know that Sass is not a replace for CSS, but in my mind there is no CSS with no Sass.

One of the first complement/plugins I add to the environment, are the Sass processing files/demons.

I couldn't imagine going back to pure CSS. Sass is even the way to go, regarding Styled Components, CSS Modules, and all the other options.

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Cory Bell

JSS is makes a lot of sense when styling React components and styled-components is a really nice implementation of JSS. I still get to write pure CSS, but in a more componentized way. With CSS post-processors like SASS and LESS, you spend a lot of time deciding where your .scss or .less files belong, which classes should be shared, and generally fighting the component nature of React. With styled-components, you get the best of CSS and React. In this project, I have ZERO CSS files or global CSS classes and I leverage mixins quite a bit.

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Pros of Compass
Pros of Sass
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    No vendor prefix CSS pain
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    Mixins
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    Variables
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    Compass sprites
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    Variables
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    Mixins
  • 467
    Nested rules
  • 410
    Maintainable
  • 299
    Functions
  • 149
    Modular flexible code
  • 143
    Open source
  • 112
    Selector inheritance
  • 107
    Dynamic
  • 96
    Better than cs
  • 5
    Used by Bootstrap
  • 3
    If and for function
  • 2
    Better than less
  • 1
    Custom functions
  • 1
    Inheritance (@extend)

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Cons of Compass
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    What is Compass?

    The compass core framework is a design-agnostic framework that provides common code that would otherwise be duplicated across other frameworks and extensions.

    What is Sass?

    Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It's translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

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    What are some alternatives to Compass and Sass?
    Cherokee
    Cherokee is highly efficient, extremely lightweight and provides rock solid stability. Among its many features there is one that deserves special credit: a user friendly interface called cherokee-admin that is provided for a no-hassle configuration of every single feature of the server.
    Protractor
    Protractor is an end-to-end test framework for Angular and AngularJS applications. Protractor runs tests against your application running in a real browser, interacting with it as a user would.
    Animate.css
    It is a bunch of cool, fun, and cross-browser animations for you to use in your projects. Great for emphasis, home pages, sliders, and general just-add-water-awesomeness.
    Less
    Less is a CSS pre-processor, meaning that it extends the CSS language, adding features that allow variables, mixins, functions and many other techniques that allow you to make CSS that is more maintainable, themable and extendable.
    Autoprefixer
    It is a CSS post processor. It combs through compiled CSS files to add or remove vendor prefixes like -webkit and -moz after checking the code.
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