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Craig Jackson

Front End Web Developer

A while little while ago, one of my colleagues posted about the emergence of the Twitter Bootstrap framework, you can view that post here. Since then, the framework has grown in popularity and therefore the number of resources being built for it are constantly on the increase.

Twitter Bootstrap was originally just a set of UI elements intended to speed up the development of web apps. Since then, it has continued to grow and is now a full web creation framework which has become so popular, partly due to the ease with which responsive layouts can be created.

The Javascript side of Twitter Bootstrap makes common jQuery functionality easy. Things like dropdown menus, tabs, tooltips, popovers, styled buttons & alerts and collapsible divs are all made even simpler. You can see some examples here.

Some people are still just using Twitter Bootstrap for the UI components, but as mentioned before, it is now being used on a larger scale. Twitter Bootstrap increased its popularity considerably by making it very easy to create responsive layouts for websites.

It’s as easy as including the following tags in your header:

  1. <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  2. <link href="assets/css/bootstrap-responsive.css" rel="stylesheet">

After this, providing that you’ve put your layout together according to Twitter Bootstraps methods, then not only will your site be responsive but you will be able to hide/show certain elements with simple classes such as .visible-phone or .hidden-phone.

In 2013, I anticipate that we will see the emergence of even more resources such as BootTheme, Bootstrap Fireworks and The Big Badass List of 246 Useful Twitter Bootstrap Resources.

Bootstrap Fireworks is especially intriguing as it is a tool aimed at designers who are designing a site that will be built in Bootstrap; it will be interesting to see if anything else along these lines pops up in the coming months.

As the popularity of the framework continues to grow, the number of resources will continue to increase and the user experience will continue to improve. 2012 was a good year for Twitter Bootstrap and so I am looking forward to seeing how the platform grows and what resources we’ll see start to pop up alongside it in 2013.