Bootstrap becomes mobile first

Oct 6, 2013

Bootstrap, the front end framework that allows website designers to focus on innovation and design rather than creating code that reinvents the wheel, has gone mobile first! What does this mean? Well, it means that it has been designed for mobile devices rather than mobile devices being treated simply as an after thought. It means that websites will now look good on small devices such as a mobile phone.

This is all very well as I haven't tried Bootstrap yet on any of my own projects - lack of time being the main reason. My main efforts have been in writing a back-end product that will allow a user to be able to create rich content. The framework I'm using for this is OneUI and this front ends IBM's XPages technology on top of the tried and tested IBM Domino collaboration platform which comes with a host of easy to implement functionality. At this point in time, the drawback in using this for websites is that it is not responsive i.e. pages written in OneUI do not adapt to the size of the screen.

Bootstrap is a commonly used framework and is being re-released as fully responsive - a great advance considering that more and more people are accessing the internet via a mobile device.

The future * for me is going to involve Bootstrap to some degree. Using a framework like this means that common features of a website are ready to use and only require some integration with the database engine and a bit of styling. This means I will be concentrate on the interesting stuff such as providing a good experience and making the website align with the business.

* Amended 21st June 2015: A re-release of this website now utilises Bootstrap - the learning has been done!


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