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Axel Martínez
Axel Martínez

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SCSS Playground

Hi everyone,

I just finished creating a starter repo which I am calling scss-playground. You can find it here:

I will paste the here so you get an idea of what it does:

SCSS playground


This repo will provide you with a live reloading environment that will compile your /scss/styles.scss into /css/styles.css which is loaded by the index.html and served on http://localhost:8080.

Y tho'?

So you wanna practice some Sass?

You can do it in many different ways, such as online dedicated editors, or via online environments like codepen or jsfiddle but I figured I feel most comfortable doing stuff in my editor of choice, with all my extensions loaded and ready, fonts, themes and whatnot.

So I decided to create this boilerplate / starter repo to try out a couple npm packages as well as creating a desktop environment that would work for me, then why not make it available for others?

How to use this repo

All you have to do is clone this repo, then, on your terminal run:

$ npm install
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and when ready to start hacking some SCSS:

$ npm run dev
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Open your browser and go to http://localhost:8080, now you can go ahead and write your markup (index.html) and styles (/scss/styles.scss) and see your changes reflected on your browser!

Packages being used

I picked a few packages that I thought were modern and that were good for the job:

  • sass A newer implementation of the compiler for Sass.
  • Servør To run a static file server that I brought in specifically for the live reloading aspect (Reloading the page manually for every change gets old really quick).
  • Stylelint I came accross this one and kinda wanted to see what it was about. Seems to work well integrated with VSCode. I previously have used sass-lint and that one has worked really well, but seems no longer maintained.
  • Concurrently To be able to run both the server and the Sass compiler at the same time.
  • Prettier A code formatter that will make the code look consistent no matter who writes it and will free your mind from trying to decide whether you should add a space or new line in there.


VSCode is my editor of choice, and if you use it too you'll notice some recommended extensions I added to the .vscode/extensions.json settings.

Dot files

You probably also noticed the presence of a couple more files:

  • .editorconfig Some basic configs for how the editor should treat the formatting of the code (see here)
  • .node-version helps determine what version of node this environment will use. It will be picked up by packages like avn.
  • .prettierrc Prettier configs.
  • .stylelintrc.json and .styleintignore Will be used by stylelint. In this repo we are using a recommended set of linting rules via the former and making sure the linter only picks up the .scss files on the latter.

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