Let's get ready to use Bourbon, Bitters, and Neat. First, we need to install a couple of things.


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There are different ways to get your hands on the framework - for example using Bower, npm, or Ruby Gems. For this tutorial, we chose to use the latter.

Installing Ruby Gems

Although Ruby has become a very widespread language in recent years, let's make sure and check if Ruby is installed on your machine. Open your command line application ( on a Mac and, e.g., the Git Bash app on Windows) and execute the following command:

$ ruby --version

You should get something like this in return:

ruby 2.3.3p222 (2016-11-21 revision 56859) [x86_64-darwin16]

If this should prove that Ruby is not installed on your system, there are tons of tutorials on how to do this; e.g. the Installing Ruby chapter on the official Ruby website.

Now, let's install the whole pack:

$ gem install bourbon neat bitters

Note that you'll probably have to prepend the command with the sudo keyword ("sudo gem install...") so the installation can run with administrator privileges.

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