PHP Port/Rewrite

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Corey Ward

Jul 18, 2009, 4:22:15 PM7/18/09
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I'm thinking this is a much better job for PHP unless you're
unfamiliar with it or in an environment that is using RoR already. It
can update the output without having to recompile or get to a
terminal, and it's a lot more likely to work on default shared hosting
that most people that'll really be getting usage out of this are

I've been considering putting together a more simplified "PHP-based
variable assisted CSS" script for a while, but with the additional
inspiration and ideas coming from LESS, it's that much more worth it.



Jul 18, 2009, 7:57:06 PM7/18/09
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It's only a better job for PHP if you're already using PHP. LESS can
be invoked through a ruby script and compiled on the fly, there is no
inherent difference between a ruby & a php implementation, apart from
the language itself.

I am however totally for a php implementation, and will support it
best I can.

Leaf Corcoran's gotten pretty far actually, you can check out his
preview here:

Nothing's released yet, but it looks like it's well underway.


Jul 19, 2009, 7:32:25 AM7/19/09
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I'd prefer a PHP implementation too, since I use that anyway and have
everything set up. Setting up RoR for the first time purely for this
is a little daunting.


Jul 19, 2009, 2:25:43 PM7/19/09
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You don't need RoR though, you just need ruby.


Jul 21, 2009, 12:31:27 PM7/21/09
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As cloudhead said, you don't need RoR to use LESS, just Ruby. The LESS
compiler runs in Ruby and will compile your .less files to .css as you
work on them so can be used irrespectively of what the site you're
using for actually runs on. Additionally, I wouldn't compile .less
code to CSS code live on a site due to performance reasons -- much
better to run off precompiled CSS.


Jul 23, 2009, 1:45:44 AM7/23/09
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I'd like a PHP implementation, but installing Ruby on my Ubuntu box to
use less was a piece of cake anyhoo.

sudo apt-get install rubygems
sudo gem install less


Jul 23, 2009, 1:52:50 PM7/23/09
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LESSPHP, by Leafo, is out now, you guys should go grab a copy:
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