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Bootstrap vs Polymer: What are the differences?

Bootstrap: Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and JS for popular UI components and interactions. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web; Polymer: A new library built on top of Web Components, designed to leverage the evolving web platform on modern browsers. 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.

Bootstrap and Polymer can be categorized as "Front-End Frameworks" tools.

"Responsiveness" is the primary reason why developers consider Bootstrap over the competitors, whereas "Web components" was stated as the key factor in picking Polymer.

Bootstrap and Polymer are both open source tools. It seems that Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 66K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Polymer with 21.1K GitHub stars and 2K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Bootstrap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 7046 company stacks & 1115 developers stacks; compared to Polymer, which is listed in 42 company stacks and 32 developer stacks.

What is Bootstrap?

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

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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      What are some alternatives to Bootstrap and Polymer?
      Semantic UI
      Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.
      jQuery
      jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.
      Material
      Express your creativity with Material, an animation and graphics framework for Google's Material Design and Apple's Flat UI in Swift.
      React
      Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
      Foundation
      Foundation is the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world. You can quickly prototype and build sites or apps that work on any kind of device with Foundation, which includes layout constructs (like a fully responsive grid), elements and best practices.
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      Avatar of longgge
      pm at 36kr
      Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

      我们团队一直在使用bootstrap,非常简单易用,并且有帮助。支持也很到位,很喜欢!用了4年的时间,会持续的用下去,加油!!Bootstrap!!!

      Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

      We have been using it for the past 3 years and have no complaints

      Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

      Good service with a good price, worth the money.

      How developers use Bootstrap and Polymer
      Avatar of StackShare
      StackShare uses BootstrapBootstrap

      Leanstack was on Bootstrap 2. Chose this because it is wildly popular, so it’s active, has been used a lot in production, and has a ton of features. Anything you need to do from a UI perspective, there’s likely a plugin for it already part of the library. Haven’t tried the others, but we're happy with BS.

      For StackShare, we upgraded to Bootstrap 3. I don’t like that they changed the name of columns, essentially breaking the grid layout for Bootstrap 2 and below, so that was a real pain to update. I hope they don’t do that again. Once we have more bandwidth, we’re totally going to decouple our markup from Bootstrap.

      Avatar of shridhardalavi
      shridhardalavi uses BootstrapBootstrap

      Bootstrap is a framework to help you design websites faster and easier. It includes HTML and CSS based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, tables, navigation, modals, image carousels, etc. It also gives you support for JavaScript plugins. Bootstrap's responsive CSS adjusts to phones, tablets, and desktops Bootstrap is compatible with all modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera)

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      CloudRepo uses BootstrapBootstrap

      We started with a bootstrap based template and then completely rewrote it due to poor design of the template. Using boostrap properly was a great experience - once you learn it and use it properly, it's simple to use and very good at being responsive and adapting to the various screen view.

      Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
      Ana Phi Sancho uses PolymerPolymer

      In process of Learning Technics- Studing to know more. I was introduced in a Google event.

      Polymer is another Google offering that focuses on Web Components, an up-and-coming collection of technologies that provide web developers with the ability to create customer HTML elements.

      Avatar of Perljobs.Ru
      Perljobs.Ru uses BootstrapBootstrap

      I simply bought a "job board" template for the website, which is written using Bootstrap 2. I'm hoping to upgrade the site to Boostrap 3 when I'll have a time.

      Я просто купил шаблон для доски вакансий, написанный на Boostrap 2. Когда будет время перепишу все на Bootstrap 3.

      Avatar of Ujjwal Bhujel
      Ujjwal Bhujel uses BootstrapBootstrap

      With the advancement in CSS, Bootstrap is creating new milestones when it comes to minimising our CSS codes. So elegant and beautiful yet easy and convenient to use once you go through all the classes and its elements. In addition, its JS function is impressive too.

      Avatar of Badge List
      Badge List uses PolymerPolymer

      Polymer is super future-focused and really great to build in. The biggest plus for us is how its component-focused approach keeps things modular and maintainable. It also makes it really easy to implement material design.

      Avatar of Arvind Iyer
      Arvind Iyer uses PolymerPolymer

      Built a material design simple todo app with a firebase backend

      Avatar of Ralic Lo
      Ralic Lo uses PolymerPolymer

      Support build of application and import web component.

      Avatar of Casey Smith
      Casey Smith uses PolymerPolymer

      Componentize the front-end web client.

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