Bootstrap vs Material Design Lite vs Polymer

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Bridget Sarah
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I do prefer to write things from scratch however when it came to wanting to jump-start the frontend, I found that it was taking me a lot longer hence why needing to use something very fast.

Bootstrap was the boom when it came out, I didn't like it, to be honest, set in its way and a pain to over-ride and in addition, you can tell from a distance if you're using boostrap and as everything looks the same.

I came across Tailwind CSS as I wanted more dynamic features, you could say, I've been now doing it for a few days and I love it a lot. I've been practising with the full stack part installed but I an't we wait until I do a new project, and I'll e able to select exactly what I want. Much faster.

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Andre Boyle

I find the Tailwind provides a lot for flexibility in how we approach design for Mojinxo, while still giving me the benefits of a defined framework and centralised configuration. With tailwind we can create something that is very much Mojinxo and not just a carbon copy of every other site using Tailwind, which is what I find tends to be the case with Bootstrap and Bulma.

There is a tradeoff in familairity for users, especially with Bootstrap where users just 'know' how a site will work based on the card display, the common navigation look and feel and the slide-out burger menus.

The icing on the cake is definitely size. Tailwind is just so small, effective and easy to pick up.

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Fonts and typography are fun. Material Design is a framework (developed by Google) that basically geeks out on how to assemble your typographical elements together into a design language. If you're into fonts and typography, it's fantastic. It provides a theming engine, reusable components, and can pull different user interfaces together under a common design paradigm. I'd highly recommend looking into Borries Schwesinger's book "The Form Book" if you're going to be working with Material UI or are otherwise new to component design.

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Pros of Bootstrap
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    UI components
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    Great docs
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    HTML, CSS, and JS framework
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    Open source
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    Widely used
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    HTML framework
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    Mobile first
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    Easy setup
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    Great grid system
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    Great community
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    Future compatibility
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    Very powerful foundational front-end framework
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    Javascript plugins
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    Build faster prototypes
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    Good for a person who hates CSS
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    Easy to setup and learn
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    Rapid development
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    Love it
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    Great and easy to make a responsive website
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    Powerful grid system, Rapid development, Customization
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    Clean and quick frontend development
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    Easy to use
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    Great customer support
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    The fame
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    Easy setup2
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    Painless front end development
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    So clean and simple
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    Numerous components
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    Pre-Defined components
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    Great and easy
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    It's fast
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    Great and easy to use
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    Responsive design
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    Design Agnostic
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    Provide angular wrapper
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    Love the classes?
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    Felxible, comfortable, user-friendly
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    Material Design straight from the original creators
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    Backed by google
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    Optimized for cross-device
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    Based on bem philosophy
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    Nice animations
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    Simple Material Design
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    Doesn't depend on JavaScript
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    Custom color palette generates CDN
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    Web components
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    Data Binding
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    Open source
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    It uses the platform
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    Designer friendly. HTMLX concepts
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    Like the interesting naming convention for elements

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    Javascript is tied to jquery
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    Every site uses the defaults
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    Too much heavy decoration in default look
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    Grid system break points aren't ideal
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    Verbose styles
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      Last version is like 2 years ago? that's totally rad

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    What is Bootstrap?

    Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.

    What is Material Design Lite?

    Material Design Lite (MDL) lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your static content websites. It doesn't rely on any JavaScript frameworks or libraries. Optimized for cross-device use, gracefully degrades in older browsers, and offers an experience that is accessible from the get-go.

    What is Polymer?

    Polymer is a new type of library for the web, designed to leverage the existing browser infrastructure to provide the encapsulation and extendability currently only available in JS libraries. Polymer is based on a set of future technologies, including Shadow DOM, Custom Elements and Model Driven Views. Currently these technologies are implemented as polyfills or shims, but as browsers adopt these features natively, the platform code that drives Polymer evacipates, leaving only the value-adds.

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