Here we will learn what Bootstrap is, why we need it, and how to use Bootstrap in your application.
Bootstrap was developed and announced in August 2011 by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton while working at Twitter. The purpose of the development was to make interface development and maintenance very easy and consistent. Bootstrap was not only a framework but a way to make some common design patterns a standard in web design and development. In the beginning, the project was called Twitter Blueprint, but later on, it was renamed Bootstrap and released as an open-source project. The project is still maintained by the same people, as well as a large community of contributors in Github.
If we use Bootstrap in our applications, we take advantage of the following:
Bootstrap is must have a framework for any project because of it, you do not have to rewrite all the element styles, thus benefiting the extra features that come with the framework.
The key reasons to use Bootstrap are:
In our applications, we can use the bootstrap in two ways, i.e., either by directly downloading the files from
getbootstrap.com and include it in the application or by including the bootstrap CDN URL’s on the header like as shown below.
We will learn more about how to setup bootstrap environment in next chapters.