To better compete in the ever-changing app market, Twitter has just released Bootstrap. The social networking giant announced on a blog post this afternoon that the platform would provide a set of tools using CSS and HTML conventions to create applications.
Originally developed during Twitter-organized Hackweek, the standards have been perfected since. Now, Twitter says, they will have a consistent framework for developing applications going forward.
At its core, Bootstrap is simply CSS, but built with Less, an easy-to-use pre-processor that provides more power and flexibility than standard CSS. With Less, a range of features like nested declarations, variables, mixins, operations, and color functions become available.
The post also noted two important benefits:
This is all part of Twitter’s renewed efforts to engage dialogue and standards with developers; it’s not as if they had trouble getting app development going before. They just didn’t have standards.
Over one million registered third-party apps, built by more than 750,000 developers, exist around the world. Every 1.5 seconds a new app is created.