What is Bootstrap?

Prior to this semester, I had heard of Bootstrap, but had never used it. Although I’m still getting accustomed to how Bootstrap works, I have no doubt that it will prove to be an invaluable resource in the future. Tania Rascia breaks down Bootstrap into three main files: bootstrap.css, bootstrap.js, and glyphicons. I’ve already covered what js was in my earlier JavaScript post, but what are glyphicons? Glyphicons are a fancy word for icon fonts provided within Bootstrap folders. An additional program Bootstrap needs to function is jQuery. jQuery is a JavaScript library that makes it easier for websites to transition between web browsers. Bootstrap functions on a grid layout, which means everything is organized in columns and rows. This adds an extra layer of responsive web design to every website built with Bootstrap. It’s called a front-end framework, which means it typically uses HTML/CSS and JavaScript. There are a myriad of front end frameworks, but that’s a post for another time. I have heard that Bootstrap is much easier to learn than HTML/CSS, but, since I put so much time last semester into learning HTML/CSS, it’s challenging for me to learn a new website building programs. What I find most attractive about Bootstrap is that since it uses JavaScript, users can create something called parallax. Parallax is an interactive way the user can view images from different angles on a webpage. I find it to be one of the most interesting current web design trends.

Source: https://www.taniarascia.com/what-is-bootstrap-and-how-do-i-use-it/ , https://www.tutorialspoint.com/bootstrap/bootstrap_glyphicons.htm


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