Bootstrap A Popular Web Design Framework

21st century calls for advancements in technology by every minute. Not just advancements but also easier access and usage of technology to make life easier to match the fast track requirements.

Bootstrap is an easier solution to designing websites and web applications by providing easier methods of designing websites. It is a free and an open resource which contains HTML and CSS based designed templates used for typography which is an important component in website designs. Moreover it includes forms, buttons, navigations and other interface components and to add the cherry on top it also includes optional JavaScript extensions. Bootstrap concerns itself with front-end development only which is not a very common feature in other web frameworks.

Bootstrap is licensed by MIT and was initially released 5 years ago on the 19th of august 2011. It is the second most starred project on GitHub with more than 100,000 stars and 45000 forks.

This web frameworks has extensive features which include its compatibility with different web browsers such as the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet explorer, Opera and Safari browsers not to ignore the fact that some of these browsers are not supported on all platforms.

Since the release of version 2.0 it also supports responsive web design making things even easier. The perks of this are that the layout of Web pages adjusts dynamically taking into account the characteristics of the device used (desktop, tablet, mobile phone). The version 3.0 bootstrap supports a mobile-first design philosophy which emphasizes on the responsive design by default. Moreover with the release of version 4.0 the users can enjoy the liberty of the addition of Sass and Flexbox support.

It is an open source available to the users on GitHub and developers are also encouraged to take part in the project and come up with better ideas and contributions to make the project even better.

The web framework provides a set of style sheets that provide basic style definitions for all important HTML components. It includes options such as “bootstrap less” for style sheets where the developers have the liberty to adapt the bootstrap file itself and select the components they wish to use in their projects. Also adjustments can be made to the style sheets. Since the 2nd version of bootstrap the configuration has a special option of ‘customize’ in the documentation. Moreover the developer has the option to choose on a form the desired components and adjust them if need may be.

Apart from the regular HTML elements bootstrap also allows the user to use other commonly used interface elements. Another feature of bootstrap includes the availability of several JavaScript components in the form of jQuery plugins. These come with additional user interface elements such as dialog boxes, tooltips and carousels. Since version 2.0 the following JavaScript plugins are also supported: Modal, dropdown, scroll spy, tab, tooltip popover, Alert, Button Collapse and type ahead.

Concluding all the details given above it won’t hurt to say that this web framework is the easiest way to rummage into web developing with extensive features


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