I am exploring new frontend web frameworks to substitute the glorious BOOTSTRAP that I consider a bit old and lacking of innovative features for my purposes. In particular I am analyzing if FOUNDATION can be a valid subsitute. The web is full of enthusiasts of this framework and they say that Facebook and Yahoo use it…
Wow, the premises are really stimulating!
So I decided to download it, to read the documentation and start with some experiments. I am also excited to use the responsive picture change feature. That’s what HTML5 is trying to do with the <picture> tag, but made in JS for retro-compatibility. Foundation applies this concept to every element in the page:
you can customize large, medium and small types of any element and this is really interesting.
I am not so enthusiast about some features that I don’t want to see in a self-described “innovative framework”. In this category I can include:
- JQuery as the main and only JS framework supported, and only in the Foundation tested version!
- Ruby as the only server side scripting language.
- Modernizr.JS?? (are we still in the 2009?)
- The need for initializing: $(document).foundation();
For the rest, I am still curious and will let you know my progress and eventually new projects based on it. Will Foundation win Bootstrap in rapid backend prototyping?
Maybe this is the start for a new WAR between TWITTER (bootstrap) and FACEBOOK (foundation)…
(featured image of this post is a HOMAGE to Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation cycle”, where the framework gets its name).