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What is Bootstrap?


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Up and Running with Bootstrap 2

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Video: What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a front-end framework created by a designer and developer at Twitter to streamline building websites. Front-end refers to the client side of a website. That's the part of a website that's displayed in the browser window. A framework is a bunch of code that's been written for you already, which you can use to build your website. You can find Twitter Bootstrap at getbootstrap.com. Pre-written code, that sounds like a terrible idea, doesn't it? It sounds like you can't adapt it, you can't make it match your Fireworks or your Photoshop design, you have to stick with what you're given.

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Up and Running with Bootstrap 2
2h 38m Beginner Oct 12, 2012

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Bootstrap is a free web development tool from Twitter that, with a little bit of CSS and JavaScript experience, makes building websites quick, intuitive, and fun. Author Jen Kramer explores its 12-column grid layout; typography and icon libraries; fully functional components like nav bars, buttons, and tabs; and much more. This course also shows how to add JavaScript extras like dropdown menus, modal windows, and photo carousels.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the difference between default and fluid grids
  • Nesting with fluid grids
  • Creating a thumbnail gallery
  • Adding block quotes and lists of text
  • Incorporating images and icons
  • Adding breadcrumb navigation and pagination
  • Using tabs and pills navigation
  • Making the nav bar responsive with JavaScript
  • Adding dropdown menus to the nav bar, tabs, and pill
Subjects:
Web Responsive Design Web Design Web Development
Software:
Bootstrap
Author:
Jen Kramer

What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a front-end framework created by a designer and developer at Twitter to streamline building websites. Front-end refers to the client side of a website. That's the part of a website that's displayed in the browser window. A framework is a bunch of code that's been written for you already, which you can use to build your website. You can find Twitter Bootstrap at getbootstrap.com. Pre-written code, that sounds like a terrible idea, doesn't it? It sounds like you can't adapt it, you can't make it match your Fireworks or your Photoshop design, you have to stick with what you're given.

A site built with Bootstrap must be immediately recognizable like the default WordPress, Joomla!, or Drupal templates and themes are instantly recognizable. Fortunately, that's not true. Think of Bootstrap as a productivity tool for building websites quickly and easily. Bootstrap supports both adaptive layouts and responsive design, depending on which type of grid you choose. You can also pull out the responsive elements and build a standard website, if you prefer that. If you're not a designer, you'll love how many elements of the web page are designed for you plainly and simply, so you can make a reasonable looking website quickly without worrying about all of the design details.

Designers will love how easily they're able to override colors and styles in Bootstrap, so you can leverage layouts and JavaScript effects but tweak the CSS to make the page look exactly the way you want. Bootstrap itself comes with CSS, JavaScript, and a few optional image files that you can use on your website. A 12-column grid system is available, as well as multiple navigation systems, including drop-downs, tabs, pills, and buttons, as well as cool JavaScript effects, like modal windows and image carousel and much more.

You can find examples of websites built with Bootstrap at builtwithbootstrap.com. Next, let's download Bootstrap and examine its file structure.

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Q: I am trying to create the image carousels shown in this course, and they are not functioning properly. The custom.css file seems to be missing from the exercise files and I think this is the reason. Can you provide it?
A: custom.css isn't created until the carousel indicators are added. However, these styles have to do with the way the indicators look, and nothinghas to do with the way the carousel functions.
 
Are you sure you're working with Bootstrap 2.x? You download that from here: 
http://getbootstrap.com/2.3.2/. The carousel changed radically between Bootstrap 2.x and Bootstrap 3, and this course might not work with version 3.
 
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