What does this mean for the Development team?
Any ways in which software developers can be more proactive and practical in their approach, are always welcomed.
Created by Mark Otto, Jacob Thornton and a small team of developers at Twitter, Bootstrap was first christened Twitter Blueprint during its officially release on the 19th August 2011. According to Mark Otto:
“A super small group of developers and I got together to design and build a new internal tool and saw an opportunity to do something more. Through that process, we saw ourselves build something much more substantial than another internal tool. Months later, we ended up with an early version of Bootstrap as a way to document and share common design patterns and assets within the company.”
Since 2011, Bootstrap has evolved to include the 12 grid responsive design system, one of the core principles if the Bootstrap ecology. Easier ways to add graphical elements to components were also incorporated with the introduction of Glyphicons. By 2013 and its third release Bootstrap introduced a mobile first design approach.
The framework has continued to make inroads. Now, Bootstrap 4 is upon us; here are some of our favourite features of this major release:
- Impressively, the new and improved version boasts revisions to almost every component to allow for the implementation of flexbox. This new addition will allow developers to manage layout, alignments and sizing of grid columns much more quickly. It is reported that this contains over 4,000 commits, amazing.
- A move away from LESS stylesheets to SASS, which is largely considered as more efficient and counter-intuitive
- Navbar completely redesigned
- Switched from pixels to root ems
- Increased global font-size from 14px to 16px
In order to make way for the new additional features, some old favourites have been dropped, including:
- The panel, thumbnail, and well components in favour of cards
- Glyphicons icon font (not so happy with this one)
- Pager component
- xs has been dropped as it was felt that this viewport is not a mobile first viewport
So, how are we feeling about Bootstrap 4?
Pretty excited actually, particularly as there is still more to come later in the year with the Beta release. Bootstrap has always worked well for us as we love simplicity. The most underrated of art forms, and what we strive for in the software experiences that we craft.
Over the years Bootstrap has helped to bring mobile first and responsive design to the masses, which has had a significant impact on the development industry, which has resounded in created positive experiences for the end user.
Whilst Bootstrap 4 hasn’t been released in its entirety, as far as we’re concerned it has already make a fantastic first impression. We hope to see many more releases in the future. We’ve even given Bootstrap 4 our backing by building this very site using its new and improved framework.
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