Front-End Frameworks

I had no idea what a front-end framework was, and even less of an idea that there are so many front-end frameworks to choose from. Like I mentioned before, a framework is a sort of package comprised of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. On the opposite end of the spectrum is back-end frameworks, like PHP, Python, Ruby, and Java. Across the board, these frameworks are pretty uniform, which allows solutions to be found for most common problems. When looking for front-end frameworks, make sure the framework supports responsive web design. I wanted to look at the top front-end frameworks of this past year. First on the list is Bootstrap. Pros for this include extensive HTML class and DOM documentation, which can also simultaneously be a con. Second is Semantic-UI. Semantic is a fairly new program, but I really like it due to the easy to follow language used, fast load times, and crazy customization. Next is Foundation. What I like about Foundation is the lack of need for explicitly stating height and width, since REMS is used (REMS stands for “root ems,” and is another digital unit of measurement). The drawback for Foundation is the high levels of coding skills required to use this program. I’m excited to discover more front-end frameworks besides Bootstrap in the future!



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