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Jolt Awards 2013: The Best Programmer Libraries

, March 26, 2013 The best programmer libraries of the past year
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Productivity Award: Twitter Bootstrap 2.2.1

Ask developers to build a user interface, and you'll invariably end up with something functional, but ugly. There are exceptions, of course, but for the rest of us, there is Bootstrap, a Web interface library open-sourced by Twitter that enables anyone to build fantastic UIs.

Whether you intend to build a static website or a single page Web application, Bootstrap has you covered with a complete framework that includes a grid layout, graphic components, JavaScript plugins, and typography support. Bootstrap also provides a powerful and responsive CSS that allows page rendering to degrade gracefully when viewed on mobile browsers — which is such a crucial feature nowadays.

Bootstrap plays nice with your existing front-end toolkit: You can keep using all the jQuery, Knockout, or Backbone goodness you're used to without fearing any framework face-off.

— David Dossot






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