Twitter has just released Bootstrap, a new toolkit to build web apps using CSS. It includes base CSS styles for typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation, alerts, and more. You can access Bootstrap on GitHub here.
Twitter says that Bootstrap was launched as a way to provide a consistent framework for the front end of individual applications. The toolkit was originally developed during Twitter’s first Hackweek, and Twitter has been working on the tools to release to developers.
The advantages of using Bootstrap is that it is built with Less (read about Less more here), which Twitter says is a more flexible pre-processor that offers much more power and flexibility than regular CSS. With Less, developers can access features like nested declarations, variables, mixins, operations, and color functions. It also makes Bootstrap easy implement (drop it in your code and go, says Twitter), and extremely simple.
The company says that Boostrap has become a popular front-end tookit when developing new apps and sites because of its flexibility. From the post: Bootstrap is a very simple way to promote quick, clean and highly usable applications.
Twitter has been trying to engage developers more meaningfully of late, recently launching a new developer portal. In fact, there are currently over one million registered third-party apps, built by more than 750,000 developers around the world. And a new app is registered every 1.5 seconds.