Twitter Bootstrap

Although a few people are already ranting on about it being “boring”, I’m a fan of Twitter Bootstrap, largely because it accomplishes what a zillion people tried before and failed to achieve: a reusable set of web UI components that have a halfway decent (but, overall, coherent) design and that cover most of the use cases for (in my particular case) back-office tools and simple sites, making it easy for you to do things that look halfway decent with the least possible amount of effort from the get go.

It seems to be spawning a few interesting extras that dovetail nicely into it, which I’ll try to keep track of here:

Date Link Notes
Jan AngularStrap a set of directives for AngularJS
Dec Easel an online layout editor
bootstrap-datepicker a nice, flexible date picker
bootstrap-datetimepicker an even better one
Older bootstrap-wysihtml5 a WYSIWYG editor plugin
jQuery-File-Upload sure to be of use if you do back-office tools
Font Awesome an icon web font to complement the built-in glyph icons
X-Editable a useful alternative to conventional forms

Of course, the purists among you might prefer something like Zurb Foundation, and that’s okay too. As long as you can choose what is best for you.