Has anyone developed extensive projects with HAML and SASS and is it
worth the effort to convert and utilize those markup languages?
Absolutely (in particular if you use the Haml >2.1.0 or the haml-edge
gem)! Haml is basically HTML with less typing. Sass is a really,
really powerful way of abstracting your CSS, allowing for clearer, more
semantic markup by eliminating the need for presentation classes. I
highly recommend them both.
For an example of what you can do with Sass if you're really going all
out, check out Chris Eppstein's Compass project (I believe that's
The reason why I ask is I'm getting ready to dive down into my views and
work with CSS and the HTML and I'm trying to find ways to improve upon
Then Haml and Sass will be very useful. Among other things, Haml makes
it very hard to do Bad Things in HTML.
And of course you needn't exclusively decide on one or the other. I
have a few projects where for one reason or another, I use both Haml and
Now if someone would only make Kwartz work with Rails 2...
I'd pick one set of views and convert those first. Choose a model that
has some of the moderately complex views, with partials involved.
You'll learn HAML, all your changes are restricted to a single set of
views, and the rest of your app goes merrily on its way while you
sharpen your skills.
I love HAML for the brevity in the code, and the readability.