I am a fan of Bootstrap and use it quite a bit, having started with Ver2 mostly by trial and error and now Ver3 which is the ‘dogs doodahs’ and is directed at ‘mobile first’ design. I’ve always been curious about the LESS mixins and the
associated supplied .less files, but not until now have I looked into it in more depth. Glad I did as I will definitely being using the LESS CSS pre-processor in all my Bootstrap projects henceforth. Having worked my way through this book has given me a fair idea of the advantages of using LESS and how it can be used particularly with the Bootstrap framework but as the book states; is not about teaching LESS (but is nevertheless still a good primer), which is used as a means to an end – an understanding of the inner workings of Bootstrap and how this can be harnessed to produce leaner and meaner code.
To gain a better understanding of LESS I subsequently picked up a copy of Less Web Development and Instant Less Pre-processor, which both cover roughly the same ground but I find I can generally get a better understanding by reading at least two texts on a subject. I will also be reviewing these books and comparing them soon.
Back to the book under review…