null is the most popular and widely used CSS framework and there is a good reason for its popularity. It gives developers well styled CSS for the elements used most in the modern web. Things like buttons, form controls, navigation and much, much more. Since it’s written in LESS it keeps the CSS of bigger projects such as GroupDocs well organized so it is easy to follow and maintain your CSS code.
The Benefits of Bootstrap CSS framework for your web development projects
Bootstrap It or Not?
Why Should We Keep Those Files?
variables.less and mixins.less are pretty vital and necessary in order for Bootstrap to function normally, because those two files store pretty much all of the variables and mixins (functions) that are used in the rest of the files. reset.less contains basic CSS reset styles which you should have in any project, but if you have better reset styles you can use them instead by placing them in the same file. type.less contains pretty much Bootstrap’s whole typography so you’re strongly encouraged to edit this file so it reflects the design of your project. If you’re uncertain how to use it, just comment this file out as well.
How Do I Usually Proceed with the Optimization?
I then start to uncomment the other files necessary for my project. For example I have a few buttons, text inputs and navigation bars in the design of my new project. In order to use Bootstrap’s styling for them, I’ll uncomment the following files: buttons.less, forms.less, navbar.less. I also have one modal window so I’ll need modals.less as well, so I’ll include that as well. I then extend and change the code in those files as much as necessary until everything it is styled according to the current design. To optimize your bootstrap.css as much as possible, comment out or remove the styles you’re not using from the loaded .less files. If you don’t understand the LESS syntax it is probably better to avoid doing that so you don’t mess up something in the files, which could results in an error, making it impossible to compile the framework. Of course, after compiling you can add your own styles at the end of bootstrap.css, but you’re strongly encouraged to learn LESS so you can modify the existing files or to create new less files yourself. You can look forward to a future article explaining the basic things about LESS in order to write your own styles and other goodies with or without resorting to Bootstrap. AR