Bootstrap Site Blueprints
By David Cochran, Ian Whitley
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: February 2014
Pages: 304

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Since its debut in August 2011, Twitter Bootstrap, now simply Bootstrap, has become by far the most popular framework for empowering and enhancing frontend web design. With Version 3, Bootstrap reaches an exciting new milestone, introducing a mobile-first responsive grid, new and powerful LESS mixins, and a lean code base optimized for modern browsers.

"Bootstrap Site Blueprints" is a hands-on guide to the inner workings of Bootstrap’s latest and greatest development milestone. In an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format, you’ll quickly get to know the ins and outs of Bootstrap while building a portfolio site, a WordPress theme, a business site, an e-commerce interface, and administration interface, and an upscale marketing site.

"Bootstrap Site Blueprints" guides you through the process of building different types of web applications, by leveraging the power of Bootstrap 3. In the process, you’ll experience the power of customizing and recompiling Bootstrap’s LESS files and adapting Bootstrap’s JavaScript plugins, to the design of an excellent user interface. While creating these layouts, you will quickly become comfortable with customizing Bootstrap to meet the needs of your specific projects. You will add custom icon fonts, customize and recompile Bootstrap’s powerful LESS files, and leverage Bootstrap’s excellent JavaScript plugins to create dynamic user interfaces.

By the end of this book you will be a more adept and efficient designer.


A hands-on guide with projects based on fictitious, but common, application development briefs, which will illustrate practical ways of applying responsive web design with Bootstrap.

Who this book is for

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate web developer, if you wish to make the most of Bootstrap, then this book is for you. You should be familiar with the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and have some experience incorporating JavaScript plugins. Prior Bootstrap experience is optional.

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Get up to speed quickly with Bootstrap 3

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    Comments about oreilly Bootstrap Site Blueprints:

    I just finished reading Bootstrap Site Blueprints, Design mobile-first responsive websites with Bootstrap 3 by David Cochran. I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about learning to use the latest Bootstrap framework.

    The book is written for the beginner to intermediate front-end developer who is comfortable working with HTML/CSS but wants to take things to the next level. The book would also make a good reference for a more experienced developer.

    What really impressed me was how Cochran introduces plugins, frameworks, and workflows outside the scope of Bootstrap in order to make life easier for the developer. For example, Bootstrap 3 now comes bundled with LESS files (Leaner CSS). The author spends a chapter bringing the reader up to speed on the principles of LESS and how to best implement it into production.

    The reader is also introduced to HTML5 Boilerplate, Font Awesome, Respond.js, Masonry, ScrollSpy, and the Roots starter theme for Wordpress. These are each introduced to save the developer time by not having to reinvent something from scratch. Rather then complicate the project Cochran uses these plugins to simplify.

    The book chapters walk one through building a Bootstrap portfolio theme, Creating a Bootstrap business page, a Bootstrap E-commerce page, a single page Bootstrap site and a bonus chapter on converting a Bootstrap theme into a Wordpress template.

    The appendix covers optimizing a site for best download speeds, best practices for responsive images and adding touch control to a custom photo carousel. The sample code is very well organized, each chapter has a start and a finish file to make sure the reader understands the code.

    In conclusion, I have read many books on coding and building websites. Some books look like they will be good but don't live up to the promise either because of bad code examples that don't work or grammar that is difficult to follow. David Cochran's background in academics is evident in reading this book. It is truly fun to read. I felt like I was reading a novel and couldn't wait to find out what is at the end of the chapter. All his example code works as expected and the table of contents and index are organized very well. Yes I would recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in learning to use Bootstrap.

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