There are quite a bit of compilers out there in the world, some are command line, and some have a GUI. Personally, command line compilers can be a little annoying to get up and going, as you have to learn commands. If I can find a good program with a GUI, I’m going to use it, for sure. The more visual approach is a welcome site when you are trying to focus on bigger problems, like your project that the program is supposed to be helping you create. Though, it does look cool typing commands into a command prompt, I’m not gonna lie.
Getting it set up is a breeze. Once the app opens, you can easily tell it what folder to watch. After that, it automatically detects all of the valid files that it knows how to compile. Simply click on one of those files, and a set of options opens up.
For instance, let’s take a SASS file. Whenever you click on a SASS file, you get quite a few options. The most convenient one would have to be auto compile; this option makes sure your compiled SASS stays up to date after every save. You can also choose to generate a source map along with the compiled CSS for easy debugging. Autoprefix is a life saver; one little checkbox and you never have to worry about prefixing a bunch of CSS properites. Lastly, you can choose to minify the compiled CSS, which is always helpful.
In the end, I feel that Koala is a great app that can get you and your project up and running very quickly. All you have to do is install and run the program, tell it where the source files are, and you are off to the races. It’s hard to beat that simplicity.