What is Bootstrap?
by Gaurav Gupta
The History of Bootstrap
In 2011, Bootstrap was created as an internal solution to address development inconsistencies within the Twitter engineering team. Basically, no convention had been established on the ways in which Twitter engineers chose how to develop the platform.
Development and web engineering is a trade, a lot even say an art, and every engineer has his own style of doing things. In some cases it works, but when there are many engineers working on the same project with different ways of approaching problems, inconsistencies are inevitable. Inconsistencies in web development can ferment and evolve into strongly rooted coding problems that generate uncertainty and increase maintenance costs. Bootstrap was a tool originally developed by (previously) engineers on Twitter: Mark Otto and Jacob Thorton as an attempt to encourage the use of the same framework to minimize inconsistencies in the Twitter engineering team.
Although it began as an internal solution on Twitter, Mark and Jacob, they soon realized that that would have great potential. In August 2011, the Bootstrap framework was released to the public as an Open Source project on Github. In the following months, thousands of developers from around the world contributed to the project and Bootstrap became the most active Open Source project in the world. Since then, Bootstrap has only gained more notoriety and has become “the most popular presentation framework for developing responsive and mobile projects on the Internet.”
So … What exactly is Bootstrap?
Simply put, Bootstrap is a collection of several customizable web elements and functions packed in a single tool. When designing a web with Bootstrap, developers can choose which elements to use. Most importantly, they are sure to know that the elements they choose will not create conflicts between them. As if it were a puzzle, except that each piece of the puzzle fits perfectly with the others, regardless of which piece you choose.
In August 2013, after two years of the original release, Bootstrap 3 came out. The latest version has a new design, better error handling, better customization options and many other improvements that make life easier for developers. True: PrestaShop loves the Bootstrap framework. A few months ago, Mark Otto, shared his perceptions about PrestaShop, Bootstrap and the E-commerce industry in this video.