The Great Bootstrap Shootout
There seem to be three major ways to get bootstrap into your rails app.
- commit the CSS and JS as downloaded from http://getbootstrap.com
Things that make me go “hmmm”. Three of them. Hmmm.
To explain: bootstrap is a CSS framework that uses a preprocessor called LESS to make coding such a huge stylesheet bearable and consistent. Named constants FTW! This is what #1 and #2 bring to the table. The first in its statically precompiled glory and the second somewhat more dynamically, but hidden in a gem.
Rails of course has its own CSS preprocessor called SASS hooked up into its asset pipeline. To enable programmers to work with the tools they are familiar with, there is a whole project to (automatically!) convert from less to sass. #3 brings the result of this conversion and hooks it into the aforementioned asset pipeline, to be compiled on deployment. Nice.
Except, that the
twitter-bootstrap-rails gem has very nice and helpful helpers,
that can be used to build e.g. the navbar, which then go on and automatically
activeate based on the current view. Which is
bad, since now we have to choose between two evils: lesser functionality or
skip on the sassy integration. Ouch. To add insult to injury there is a
recent attempt at extracting the
helpers which would exactly fill
this gap, IFF it weren’t for the fact that this was done in the most shady way
by copying the files into a new repository. Also it looks quite abandoned with
only two commits.