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This is a follow-up to an earlier blog post about setting up an ES6 project from scratch, using Webpack. I would recommend reading that post first, before diving into this one.

In this post, I’m going to demonstrate how to switch to using Sass instead of writing plain CSS to manage the styles for your project.

First of all, let’s add some styling in CSS, that we can convert to Sass later.

Open up src/stylesheet.css and add this at the bottom;

.foo .bar {
  color: red;
}

Then, change app/hello.js to add some classes to the HTML it renders;

class Hello {
  constructor(config) {
    this.target = config.target;
  }

  run() {
    this.target.innerHTML = `
      <div class="foo">
        <div class="bar">
          Hello from ES2015
        </div>
      </div>
    `;
  }
}

export default Hello

Now, after you build your project and open up dist/index.html in the browser, you should see that the text “Hello from ES2015” is red.

Now, let’s switch to Sass.

To do this, we’re going to need some more plugins for webpack.

$ npm install --save-dev node-loader sass-loader

Rename src/stylesheet.css to src/stylesheet.scss and change the section we added to SCSS syntax. I’ve also changed the colour to green, so that we can see a difference when we view the final page;

.foo {
  .bar {
    color: green;
  }
}

There’s no src/stylesheet.css file anymore - we’re going to explicitly tell webpack to insert styles into the dist/application.js file instead, so remove this line from src/app.js

import css from './stylesheet.css'

Most of the changes we need to make are in webpack.config.js. Let’s go through them.

There are two entry points for webpack now, so change this;

entry: './src/app.js',

…to this;

  entry: [
    './src/app.js',
    './src/stylesheet.scss'
  ],

In our module rules section, we need to remove the rule for css files, and replace it with a new rule for scss files. So, remove this stanza;

{
  test: /\.css$/,
  use: ['style-loader', 'css-loader']
},

…and replace it with this;

{
  test: /\.scss$/,
  use: [
    'style-loader',
    'css-loader',
    'sass-loader'
  ]
},

That’s it.

Now, when you build your project, you should see the text in green, so you know your Sass is being compiled correctly.

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