Bootstrap is a front-end framework. It is a collection of tools, which are used to create web applications and website. It is an open source framework developed by Jacob Thornton and Mark Otto. Bootstrap is also known as Twitter Bootstrap because it is developed by Twitter engineers. They developed Bootstrap to meet their internal requirement. Earlier, the engineers at Twitter used a different library to create front end applications, which lead to inconsistencies and maintenance overhead. The bootstrap framework provides a stable and single medium to all, for developing front-end designs. This made consistency in their projects and at the same time saved a lot of time. The maintenance overhead was also eradicated by Twitter Bootstrap.
Twitter Bootstrap was made public in the year 2011. In a single year it became very popular and web developers around the world started using it. It also won GitHub’s title of the most-popular project in the year 2012. NASA and MSNBC are the two big names, which used Twitter Bootstrap.
Common Interface Elements
Bootstrap offers a number of interface elements which are commonly used in developing websites and web applications. It includes buttons, labels, dropdown lists, etc. These elements are common in almost all the websites.
It consists of responsive grid layout feature, which makes it best option for creating responsive websites. Hence you can design a website which is accessible through both mobile phones and desktop computers.
Twitter bootstrap saves a lot of time. It has a large library, which offers many ready-made codes. You can use these codes to efficiently develop a website in less time. You need not have to write the entire codes. If you want you can modify the code according to need. It is modular and uses LESS stylesheets. This makes it much efficient in creating websites by using functions, variables, and operators.
HTML 5 and CSS 3 compatible
Bootstrap is compatible with some features of HTML 5 and CSS 3. You can use the features of HTML 5 to design interactive and responsive website. Additionally designing becomes easy with CSS 3.
Easy to Learn
Twitter Bootstrap is easy to use and unlike HTML and CSS, it is very easy to learn. It uses a modular approach to produce quality work in less time.
Bootstrap is an open source framework, which means that it is free. You need not have to spend a single penny to use it. You can download both the license and framework without any cost.
Twitter Bootstrap is a cross platform framework. You can use is it windows as well as in Linux or on any other platform.