The team at Twitter has released an update to its year-old incredibly popular open source front-end web development framework, Bootstrap. The project, used by high profile sites like NASA and the White House, has been updated with new features, revamped documentation and lots of new examples that may win Bootstrap even more fans.

Cheers for Bootstrap

Twitter has always been friendly to the open source community. In fact, the company released most of the code used by its platform as open source, but Bootstrap has been the most significant by far. Bootstrap is not some super interface for interacting with Twitter; its origins are much more benevolent.

Twitter initially developed the framework for internal use, but released it to the public once the usefulness of Bootstrap became evident. It is compatible with all major browsers and speeds front web development and simplifies responsive design. Bootstrap, which boasts it is “by nerds, for nerds,” has been enormously successful with developers. The framework became the most popular project on social coding site GitHub only months after its release. 

Now that Bootstrap is a year old, Twitter is showing its appreciation to its supporters with the gift of code. The company has released version 2.1 of Bootstrap. Unlike some frameworks that seem to pride themselves on only being accessible to “experts,” the Bootstrap team has taken the opposite approach.

Simplifying the framework and making it more accessible to new adopters is the primary focus of the latest release. Bootstrap 2.1 includes fixes for over 100 issues, several new features, refreshed documentation and lots of new live examples and walkthroughs.

What’s Next

Bootstrap adoption will likely increase with this release, and Twitter can add another notch to its wall of successes. Although the company is still struggling to solidify its monetization strategy, it has certainly figured out its relationship with open source. Do you believe Twitter’s relationship with open source helps the company evolve internally or is it pure benevolence?