February 20, 2012
Category: App Development
Twitter Bootstrap 2.0 was released a couple of weeks ago, and while we haven’t used it in any of our projects yet, it’s something that’s been very interesting for our team. We’re still experimenting with it and learning new things every day. Here’s what we know so far.
Twitter Bootstrap is a “front-end toolkit” helping developers with their HTML, CSS, and JS work. As we’ve been playing with the toolkit and reading it’s docs, we’ve noticed two levels of developers that would use Bootstrap: the beginner front-end developer looking to learn about best practices and the senior experienced front-end developer that’s tired of writing the same code with each project.
Introduced by Jacob Thorton and Mark Otto of Twitter, Bootstrap is a public repository on GitHub, where anyone can recommend, discuss, and contribute code for new features in the toolkit. As the most watched repository on GitHub and the second most forked repository on Github, Bootstrap is used by and contributed to by the community every single day. For a beginner, Twitter Bootstrap is the perfect way to understand the current best practices for front-end web development. But Bootstrap isn’t just for beginners; experts love it too.
Twitter Bootstrap handles all of that basic stuff for you. With a 12 x 12 responsive grid, configuring a layout is as easy as setting a class on an HTML element. The entire grid is 12 columns wide, so if you want an element that spans four columns and holds its shape on any screen size, all you need to do is
and the CSS files included with Twitter Bootstrap handle all of that boring, basic stuff. Want to do those awesome pop-overs that everyone is crazy about since their use in the iPad? Bootstrap has that built in too. All you need to do is
and Twitter Bootstrap handles it for you. Want to use a cool new feature or not have to worry about basic front-end work? Odds are, Twitter Bootstrap has it built in, or there are other people in the community currently building it and about to commit it to the public repository for all to use.
The team here is still exploring Twitter Bootstrap, but so far everything has been extremely user friendly and powerful. As we keep on our Bootstrap adventure, we’ll keep you posted on what we discover.
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