Last year I published a little Bootstrap book. I immediately wanted to write a next, bigger one. To help me pull it off, I teamed up with my colleague Ian Whitley. We’ve written it. And it’s live.
We wrote the book for those who want to make use of Bootstrap without being constrained by it. Properly understood, Bootstrap is a tool — a truly excellent tool among other tools — meant to be used with a craftsman’s touch, toward an end defined by the craftsman, not by the tool.
Let’s break that down. If you’re like us, you want to:
1. Bootstrap your way to truly original designs.
You don’t want Bootstrap to define your design. “Built with Bootstrap” need not mean “looks like Bootstrap.”
2. Work directly with the LESS files.
Bootstrap’s LESS files are beautiful to behold. Through the course of these chapters, you’ll develop a truly modular workflow. You’ll use Bootstrap’s LESS files intentionally and selectively. And you’ll augment them with your own custom LESS files.
Even if you’re new to LESS, we would argue there’s no better way to learn than this. We’ll help you get from zero to serious fast.
(Nothing against SASS, by the way. We wrote the book before Bootstrap had an official SASS port.)
4. Optimize for performance.
Your sites will load faster. You’ll get better page speed results. Your users will be pleased.
5. Do the hard work to do good things well.
6. Oh, and Bootstrap yourself a custom WordPress theme!
I almost forgot to mention — we walk you through creating a custom WordPress theme based on the fantastic Roots Theme.
If you’re on board with these desires, this book is for you.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be supporting the book with helpful tips, recommendations, and code goodies. So stay tuned!
Bootstrap Site Blueprints
Packt Publishing, February 2014
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2 thoughts on “A Bigger Better Bootstrap Book: Bootstrap Site Blueprints”
Having been intrigued by the word “bootstrap” for a few months, I finally found your book. I really love the first chapter. You take us from zero to “Bootstrappin'” in record speed.
What I really loved is the troubleshooting segment at the end. It’s a feature that I think every development book needs to take to heart. Many times I’ll be plowing through some new tech and my example doesn’t work. Nice job.
It’s a truly great resource for getting started with Bootstrap.
Thanks afrandre! I appreciate your comment. I hope the book continues to deliver. If you run into thoughts or questions, shoot me an email: david [at] alittlecode.com