A quick guide to combining and compressing javascript files using Koala

koala-postMany times, web developers find themselves doing a project that requires too many Javascript to be loaded. It is during these times that you wish there was way to combine all your scripts into one compressed file. Fortunately for us, many, many people have found solutions to this problem. Consequently, there exists a wide selection of Javascript concatenation and compression tools. However, none are as straight forward and user friendly as Koala, a free GUI compiler. Not only does Koala do a great job compiling Sass files, but it can combine and minify Javascript as well.

Well, enough talk. Here is a quick guide. [Read more…]

A quick guide to compiling Sass using Koala – The free GUI Sass compiler

koala-postUnless you have been coding your CSS inside an underground shelter for the past 4 years, then you have probably heard of Sass. Sass of course stands for [highlight]Syntactically Awesome StyleSheets[/highlight], and according to it’s developers:

Sass is the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension language in the world

Sass is awesome. It allows you to use variables, nested rules, mixins and tonnes of other features that makes writing CSS less tedious and a lot more fun. Unfortunately, one thing that Sass does not offer out of the box, is a GUI compiler: And that’s where Koala comes in. Koala is a straight forward GUI application that not only compiles Sass but also Less and CoffeeScript. It’s open source and can run in windows, linux and mac.

So how do you compile Sass files using Koala? Here is a quick guide: [Read more…]