July 14th marked the beginning of yet another successful WordCamp in the City on a Hill, making it Boston’s third time to host the event. Approximately 600 speakers, attendees and volunteers arrived at Boston University from all over the world to congregate around a common entity, our beloved WordPress.
Adam demonstrated how using tools, unconventional to typical WordPress development, results in less work and better products. Who wouldn’t want that? Stylesheet pre-processors, such as SASS and LESS can be used to programmatically create stylesheets on the fly in WordPress based on rules, functions, and variables which allow for maximum flexibility and consistency. Pre-processed stylesheets can be both minified and concatenated at “runtime” leaving the original code untouched for easy re-factoring. Check out WP-LESS from Thomas Parisot which allows for integration into WordPress via this useful plugin.
To read more about these technologies, access Adam’s slides online. I also recommend looking into a subsequent session, “Developing an Automated Workflow for Front End Development” presented by Aaron Jorbin.