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Sass vs Spring Boot: What are the differences?

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.

What is Spring Boot? Create Spring-powered, production-grade applications and services with absolute minimum fuss. Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.

Sass and Spring Boot are primarily classified as "CSS Pre-processors / Extensions" and "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools respectively.

"Variables", "Mixins" and "Nested rules" are the key factors why developers consider Sass; whereas "Powerful and handy", "Easy setup" and "Java" are the primary reasons why Spring Boot is favored.

Sass and Spring Boot are both open source tools. It seems that Spring Boot with 39.3K GitHub stars and 25.5K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Sass with 12K GitHub stars and 1.93K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Sass has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2082 company stacks & 1445 developers stacks; compared to Spring Boot, which is listed in 326 company stacks and 585 developer stacks.

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.

What is Spring Boot?

Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.
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    What are some alternatives to Sass and Spring Boot?
    Stylus
    Stylus is a revolutionary new language, providing an efficient, dynamic, and expressive way to generate CSS. Supporting both an indented syntax and regular CSS style.
    styled-components
    Visual primitives for the component age. Use the best bits of ES6 and CSS to style your apps without stress 馃拝
    PostCSS
    PostCSS is a tool for transforming CSS with JS plugins. These plugins can support variables and mixins, transpile future CSS syntax, inline images, and more.
    Bootstrap
    Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
    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.
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    Decisions about Sass and Spring Boot
    Koa
    Koa
    React Router
    React Router
    Foundation
    Foundation
    Semantic UI
    Semantic UI
    Bootstrap
    Bootstrap
    PostCSS
    PostCSS
    Less
    Less
    Sass
    Sass
    styled-components
    styled-components
    React Helmet
    React Helmet
    Webpack
    Webpack
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Apollo
    Apollo
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    React
    React
    #JSX
    #React.
    #Css
    #StyledComponents.
    #Async
    #HTML
    #GraphQL
    #Apollo

    ReactQL is a React + GraphQL front-end starter kit. #JSX is a natural way to think about building UI, and it renders to pure #HTML in the browser and on the server, making it trivial to build server-rendered Single Page Apps. GraphQL via Apollo was chosen for the data layer; #GraphQL makes it simple to request just the data your app needs, and #Apollo takes care of communicating with your API (written in any language; doesn't have to be JavaScript!), caching, and rendering to #React.

    ReactQL is written in TypeScript to provide full types/Intellisense, and pick up hard-to-diagnose goofs that might later show up at runtime. React makes heavy use of Webpack 4 to handle transforming your code to an optimised client-side bundle, and in throws back just enough code needed for the initial render, while seamlessly handling import statements asynchronously as needed, making the payload your user downloads ultimately much smaller than trying to do it by hand.

    React Helmet was chosen to handle <head> content, because it works universally, making it easy to throw back the correct <title> and other tags on the initial render, as well as inject new tags for subsequent client-side views.

    styled-components, Sass, Less and PostCSS were added to give developers a choice of whether to build styles purely in React / JavaScript, or whether to defer to a #css #preprocessor. This is especially useful for interop with UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Semantic UI, Foundation, etc - ReactQL lets you mix and match #css and renders to both a static .css file during bundling as well as generates per-page <style> tags when using #StyledComponents.

    React Router handles routing, because it works both on the server and in the client. ReactQL customises it further by capturing non-200 responses on the server, redirecting or throwing back custom 404 pages as needed.

    Koa is the web server that handles all incoming HTTP requests, because it's fast (TTFB < 5ms, even after fully rendering React), and its natively #async, making it easy to async/await inside routes and middleware.

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    Hampton Catlin
    VP of Engineering at Rent The Runway | 4 upvotes 53.9K views
    atRent the RunwayRent the Runway
    styled-components
    styled-components
    PostCSS
    PostCSS
    Sass
    Sass

    We use Sass because I invented it! No, that's not a joke at all! Well, let me explain. So, we used Sass before I started at Rent the Runway because it's the de-facto industry standard for pre-compiled and pre-processed CSS. We do also use PostCSS for stuff like vendor prefixing and various transformations, but Sass (specifically SCSS) is the main developer-focused language for describing our styling. Some internal apps use styled-components and @Aphrodite, but our main website is allllll Sassy. Oh, but the non-joking part is the inventing part. /shrug

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    Marwen Trabelsi
    Marwen Trabelsi
    Software Engineer | 3 upvotes 15.9K views
    Spring Boot
    Spring Boot

    I use Spring-Boot because it almost let you get things done quickly for a JVM-target project, with auto configuration components and dependency management starters. It is almost perfectly tailored for microservices applications development with a single unit deployment artifact (JAR) along with support for Service Registry and Discovery, Circuit Breaker pattern...

    Any third-party library or any back-end service would perfectly integrate well since Spring offers integration support for most of mainstream services, let it be a RDBMS service, a NoSQL database, a Message Broker...

    Coming to day-to-day development, Spring-Boot enjoys a great community so you can get support, direction, focused guidance from almost everywhere.

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    Praveen Mooli
    Praveen Mooli
    Technical Leader at Taylor and Francis | 11 upvotes 98.8K views
    MongoDB Atlas
    MongoDB Atlas
    Amazon S3
    Amazon S3
    Amazon DynamoDB
    Amazon DynamoDB
    Amazon RDS
    Amazon RDS
    Serverless
    Serverless
    Docker
    Docker
    Terraform
    Terraform
    Travis CI
    Travis CI
    GitHub
    GitHub
    RxJS
    RxJS
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    AWS Lambda
    AWS Lambda
    Amazon SQS
    Amazon SQS
    Amazon SNS
    Amazon SNS
    Amazon Kinesis Firehose
    Amazon Kinesis Firehose
    Amazon Kinesis
    Amazon Kinesis
    Flask
    Flask
    Python
    Python
    ExpressJS
    ExpressJS
    Node.js
    Node.js
    Spring Boot
    Spring Boot
    Java
    Java
    #Data
    #Devops
    #Webapps
    #Eventsourcingframework
    #Microservices
    #Backend

    We are in the process of building a modern content platform to deliver our content through various channels. We decided to go with Microservices architecture as we wanted scale. Microservice architecture style is an approach to developing an application as a suite of small independently deployable services built around specific business capabilities. You can gain modularity, extensive parallelism and cost-effective scaling by deploying services across many distributed servers. Microservices modularity facilitates independent updates/deployments, and helps to avoid single point of failure, which can help prevent large-scale outages. We also decided to use Event Driven Architecture pattern which is a popular distributed asynchronous architecture pattern used to produce highly scalable applications. The event-driven architecture is made up of highly decoupled, single-purpose event processing components that asynchronously receive and process events.

    To build our #Backend capabilities we decided to use the following: 1. #Microservices - Java with Spring Boot , Node.js with ExpressJS and Python with Flask 2. #Eventsourcingframework - Amazon Kinesis , Amazon Kinesis Firehose , Amazon SNS , Amazon SQS, AWS Lambda 3. #Data - Amazon RDS , Amazon DynamoDB , Amazon S3 , MongoDB Atlas

    To build #Webapps we decided to use Angular 2 with RxJS

    #Devops - GitHub , Travis CI , Terraform , Docker , Serverless

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    Reviews of Sass and Spring Boot
    Review ofSpring BootSpring Boot

    spring boot allow my team to start building web services quickly and package it in a stand alone application

    How developers use Sass and Spring Boot
    Avatar of Kevin Ard
    Kevin Ard uses SassSass

    It was a little awkward building BS3 with LESS, and the rest of the site with SCSS, but it works. SCSS made building the UI elements (ink/flip buttons, img navs, etc) a breeze. It also drives the mobile menu open/close transitions - that would have been much too much with vanilla css.

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    Climate CoLab uses SassSass

    Sass helps us write better stylesheets. One major improvement over CSS that we use a lot is variables - it allows for much easier theming to quickly change brand colors for new instances of the xCoLab.

    Avatar of Ujjwal Bhujel
    Ujjwal Bhujel uses SassSass

    When you realise that countless lines of CSS codes could be made countable. And off course, a wonderful and cool way to use the logic behind variables and nesting. Simply love it.

    Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt)
    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt) uses SassSass

    Sass is used as a part of Woltlab Suite Core, which offers to submit/configure own styles via the injection of own Sass-CSS. So we exclusively rely on Sass for our CSS needs.

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    Refractal uses SassSass

    CSS is a mess. There, we said it. Sass, on the other hand takes CSS and makes it pretty, easy to work with and has stuff like variables which make things seriously awesome.

    Avatar of Climate CoLab
    Climate CoLab uses Spring BootSpring Boot

    Spring-Boot allows us to create stand-alone web servers and helps us configure many of our dependencies with sane default, while maintaining flexibility where we need it.

    Avatar of Emcee
    Emcee uses Spring BootSpring Boot

    Probably the best application framework in Java, by far. Time-proven, mature.

    Avatar of p009922
    p009922 uses Spring BootSpring Boot

    light weight server approach for REST-services

    Avatar of Project44
    Project44 uses Spring BootSpring Boot

    All services are spring-boot applications.

    Avatar of Vaadin
    Vaadin uses Spring BootSpring Boot

    Solid base for Java-based web app backend

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