Mobile First Bootstrap
By Alexandre Magno
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 92

In Detail

Bootstrap changes the way we develop websites in the frontend, and mobile web development has grown incredibly over the past few years. There are over 1.2 billion mobile web users in the world, and 25% of those mobile web users are exclusively mobile. Now, Bootstrap has also gone mobile-first. The mobile-first version of Bootstrap lets you first think about the mobile site and then think about how it expands to larger screens. To build websites for mobile devices that improve the overall experience of your customers, you need to be skilled at using the mobile-first feature of Bootstrap.

Mobile First Bootstrap covers the new features in Bootstrap 3 and focuses on how they affect development from a mobile-first perspective. It will show you how to use Bootstrap 3 for developing websites for mobile and how to use that knowledge for your own development projects.

The book starts by highlighting the new changes that have been made to Bootstrap 3. After learning about these new features, you will discover how to easily build websites for mobile. You will learn how to run Bootstrap 3 Docs to customize Bootstrap for your needs. You will then be introduced to the new mobile grid system, the responsive utilities, and how to use mobile-first for navigation. Then, using JavaScript, you will explore the power of data attributes and progressive enhancement before starting to develop a web project from scratch. The last section of the book will discuss the main issues that affect the performance of Bootstrap as well as the issues that arise while dealing with responsive images.

Mobile First Bootstrap guides you through everything you need to know about Bootstrap 3 and helps you to understand and use the mobile-first approach in your own projects with the help of an example project.

Approach

A practical, step-by-step tutorial on developing websites for mobile using Bootstrap.

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to get acquainted with the new features available in Bootstrap 3 and who wants to develop websites with the mobile-first feature of Bootstrap. The reader should have a basic knowledge of Bootstrap as a frontend framework.

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        By Mike

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          • Difficult to understand
          • Not comprehensive enough
          • Too many errors

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            Comments about oreilly Mobile First Bootstrap:

            I had hoped to gather some additional insight into using Bootstrap 3 with this book. Unfortunately, it contains nothing beyond what is available from the bootstrap documentation itself. While there was a negative review and a couple of positive ones, I assumed that the negative review was probably related to language issues.

            While language is a problem with the book - the editors could help with this. A lot - that is not the issue I have with the contents. I found nothing of use inside the covers. No insights or examples that I had not already found on the web. For example, I wanted to learn more about the subtleties of the new grid system and how it works. What I found was a rehash of what the bootstrap documentation provides, with no additional examples or information.

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                Comments about oreilly Mobile First Bootstrap:

                The text contains a lot of mistakes. Sentences regularly are unnecessarily complicated and convoluted. No effort seems to have been made to edit the text and correct simple mistakes.

                Most of the time no code example is given to illustrate what was discussed.

                Quite a few times the author starts discussing other frameworks to explain a point instead of telling how this applies to Bootstrap.

                It also doesn't help that chapters often begin at an advanced level and then later on explain more basic stuff.

                Although I am already quite familiar with Bootstrap I found this book (for the reasons given above) difficult to read. And where I tried to follow the specific approach taken by the author it didn't provide me with any useful new insights.

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                Learn the secrets of Bootstrap

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                • Easy to understand
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                • Up-to-date

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                • Jumps Around
                • Not In A Tutorial Format

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                Comments about oreilly Mobile First Bootstrap:

                About me: I have not used a framework before and like most website developers I am interested in the latest technology for responsive website design. I had heard of Bootstrap but never experimented with it.

                I thought Mobile first Bootstrap was an interesting read. It is a short book, about 86 pages, but was packed with information. At first I assumed this would be a quick walkthrough of Bootstrap or a tutorial on how to build a Bootstrap site. Rather then either of those I discovered the book is more of a discussion one would have with a close friend; a friend who is very passionate about Bootstrap and passionate about the right way to implement it.

                The book is packed with a plethora of insider tips, links to articles that explain some of the topics in the book and a running discussion of the best way to build a web app and frustrations over some of the technology that is not ready for production.

                This book is not necessarily for the novice who is looking for clear instructions on how to build a new site. Although chapter four covers building a simple Twitter app, I think it was thrown in more as an afterthought. As an example the author and Bootstrap rely on using LESS for style sheets – but there is no mention of how to use the LESS syntax.

                In the beginning of the book the author mentions how Bootstrap is now implemented with Jekyll and Bower and instructs one on how to install a local environment, along with git, ruby and node.js. I had assumed I would use this environment in building the app later in the book. I later find out all these dependencies were to host a local version of the Bootstrap docs.

                As I said in the beginning, this book is packed full of information, especially for the number of pages. Choosing how to use this information is up to you. Personally I now have a greater appreciation for breakpoints and semantic markup.

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                Bootstrap 3 resource hot off the press

                By Tito Mari Francis Escano from EDGEKIT

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                  Comments about oreilly Mobile First Bootstrap:

                  if you have to quickly dig deep on mobile first front-end web development using Bootstrap 3, this should be the book you have on hand

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