Twitter Bootstrap

One framework in particular has taken the world of Web development by storm during the past year: Twitter Bootstrap. Bootstrap first was released in summer 2011, and it was written by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton, both of whom work at Twitter. Bootstrap, which was released under an open-source license on GitHub, has become an almost-overnight sensation. Indeed, it is currently the most-watched open-source project on GitHub, surpassing even Ruby on Rails.

There have been grumblings on such sites as Y Combinator’s “Hacker News” about the proliferation of sites using Twitter Bootstrap. I see this as positive, raising the minimum acceptable level for Web design, while also making it straightforward and easy for designers to extend those designs.