3 Minimalistic Bootstrap Alternatives

Bootstrap is the most popular HTML/CSS framework, and there are many good reasons why lots of developers use it to make websites. There are also many developers who complain about “bootstrapy” look of websites built on it. This is understandable, but as someone said, your users don’t care that your site is “bootstrapy”.

I’ve built a few Bootstrap-based websites, and for me, “bootstapy” look is not that important. What’s really important, though, is that when using Bootstrap, I think in its terms and usually select components from the available set, even though they may be a completely wrong solution to the problem. When you don’t have this popup or that dropdown button available, you won’t slap them everywhere, and think of a better UI. Thus, to clear the clouded mind, it’s a good idea to try other frameworks from time to time. This time I’ll cover minimalistic CSS frameworks, which are good Bootstrap alternatives when you don’t want to use all the features provided by it.

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5 React.js + Flux tools

React.js is a revolutionary JavaScript library created by Facebook, described by its developers as “V in MVC”, that is, a view layer. Some time after its release, Facebook introduced Flux application architecture, which used React.js for UI views, and specified how to deal with everything else without MVC architecture shortcomings. Flux is a pattern, not a framework or a library, so there’s a whole field of implementations, helpers, frameworks based on Flux out there. In this article we introduce five of them.

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goquery: jQuery-style HTML manipulation in Go

Writing HTML document handling code with parsers is pretty hard. Even plain DOM tree walking can make your code look like spaghetti. That is why libraries like jQuery are popular: they make it easy to do queries and all sorts of other manipulations with HTML documents.

goquery is like jQuery, but in Go.

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miniz — fast single-file ZIP implementation in C

I have an unhealthy obsession with one-file implementations of useful things in C, which you can just drop into your project and use without configuring libraries with dozens of files. Miniz is one such project: it is a single 225 KB miniz.c, which contains a zlib replacement plus functions to read/write ZIP files.

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SSL certificate chain resolver

When you purchase an SSL certificate from a certificate authority, in most cases it is signed not by the root certificate of this authority, but by an intermediate certificate(s). The path from your certificate through those intermediates and up to the root is called a certificate chain. While browsers can resolve those chains by downloading certificates from sources specified in them, the whole chain except for the root cert is better to be included in the response your server sends during TLS connection.

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Maverix — Bootstrap theme for webapps with Mac look

Currently native apps built with web technologies are on the rise. Projects like NW.js (node-webkit) and Atom Shell allow us to write cross-platform GUI applications with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. While many projects use one look for every operating system they run on, sometimes you want to have a native look for your hybrid app. That’s when Maverix comes into play: it’s a Bootstrap theme with OS X Mavericks look specifically designed to be used in “native webapps”.

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