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GoldSpec Digital
GoldSpec Digital
4,185 Points

Bootstrap in the workplace

Hi there,

I'm hoping to eventually get a job as a font-end web dev and I was just wondering, in the real world, how reliant on Bootstrap are frontends in the workplace?

I feel like the grid system is acceptable to use, however everything else really a frontend should do themselves?

Any thought and advice from frontends who are in the industry would be greatly appreciated :)

Gabriel Pierce-Lackey
Gabriel Pierce-Lackey
11,012 Points

They don't rely on flexbox that much actually. Not as much as I would personally like. They use a lot of floats and a whole ton, and I mean A TON of media queries. It can get very tedious.

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From my experience it varies a lot. I've worked at smaller agencies and those tend to focus more on using UI frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation. Currently where I work we have a base UI library that we built from scratch that is very minimalist. It has a lot of mixins that we use a lot, as well as a common grid system which our designers work with. Many larger companies have the money to write their own custom UI's so they tend to not rely on Bootstrap at all.

One thing you can do is look at the companies you are applying to and see what sort of UI frameworks they use (if any). You can tell by looking at their own website, or if they showcase any client sites.

Either way it is definitely useful to have a working knowledge of all the primary UI technologies that exist because you'll occasionally get clients who have a preference for one over another.

GoldSpec Digital
GoldSpec Digital
4,185 Points

Thanks for that, really appreciate the advice!

I work at a company with several design and development teams. Some use Bootstrap and some don't. But as we begin to migrate to a new common pattern library, we will not be using Bootstrap at all. That being said, the amount of research and testing that has been put into the current state of Bootstrap is invaluable. Even if you don't use it in your projects, I recommend using its documentation to inform your own design decisions.

Gabriel Pierce-Lackey
Gabriel Pierce-Lackey
11,012 Points

The company I currently work for does not use bootstrap at all. They use vue a decent amount. But no boostrap. For a front end dev they actually have one skill test like thing were they have two days to build a responsive website/layout without using any bootstrap. Which surprisingly a lot of people struggle with.

So I would at least be comfortable doing that.

GoldSpec Digital
GoldSpec Digital
4,185 Points

Oh thats interesting, so I suppose that would mean they're heavily reliant on Flexbox for that?

They use a lot of floats? I thought floats were obsolete with so many options nowadays. I mean, you have bootstrap, flexbox, grid. They make things so much simpler. Do you think a lot of companies still use float? Because i kinda skipped it when I got to know flexbox and how it's so much better