Friday Apr 12, 2013

Editing CSS Preprocessor Sources

Using plain CSS files in today's complex web applications often quickly reaches the limits of the technology and lot of people bothered by maintaining huge amount of styles calls for help. Though CSS3 tries to address some of the complains, the new modules specification creation process is quite slow and the adoption of the results in browsers is not instant. 

Several CSS preprocessor frameworks addresses most of the sore points of using plain CSS and adds plenty of useful features like nested rules, variables, mixins, useful functions and much more. 

The NetBeans editor now supports the most common frameworks: SASS (Sassy CSS syntax) and LESS.

Here is the list of basic features:

  • syntactic and semantic (parser based) coloring for the language constructs, 
  • indentation, simple reformat of code, 
  • code folds, 
  • go to declaration, mark occurrences, instant rename for variables and mixins 
  • code completion for variables and mixins,

  • vars, mixins and imported files shown in the navigator, 

  • find usages and refactor rename among files.


  •  code templates

Please give it a try, we're looking forward to your feedback! 

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