Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
The problems these days are of abundance. I have been trying to figure out what is going on, and it is overwhelming! I have browsed through endless docs of frameworks, mixins, libraries, boilerplates, and articles to figure out what has happened in the last 6 years. It was too much. I figured I had to just dive in and start working on a project… but where?
Twitter Bootstrap seemed to be the obvious choice… there were themes and skins everywhere. But I resisted. It just didn’t seem right. The big idea of the tie when I left was “semantic markup” and the separation of presentation and content layers. I was surprised at the popularity of this framework. Why were designers compromising what seemed to be a really good practice? I get part of it. It just worked. Considering the countless hours I have spent hacking html and css to get things working, I see the appeal. You can get something up fast. I can see it works well with the rapid prototyping of the startup community. But I just don’t want to get on board.
Fortunately I found that others had the same opinion. There were some frameworks that catered to the classic idea of separation and semantic markup, so I decided to look there. I have found two systems that seemed to draw me in. Compass-Susy first grabbed my attention, then I found Bourbon-Neat. I was familiar with grid based layouts, but have not really had much experience, so either of these was going to present a big learning curve.
I am experimenting with both of these, so stay tuned to see my progress and thoughts. I am applying to a dev bootcamp soon as well, so I am sure I will have lots more to learn and talk about.