The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks

The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks

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With the speed of web development today, it’s little wonder that so many frameworks are available, since they come with a promise of saving development and design time. But using the wrong framework, or wrongly using the right framework, can be costly. This concise book shares higher-level ideas around web development frameworks that govern HTML and CSS code, whether you’re looking at an external option or planning to build your own.

Author Jens Meiert outlines various principles, methods, and practices that you can use to make sure your framework has the functionality you need without bloated code to slow you down.

  • Choose a framework that can be tailored and extended
  • Stick to framework ground rules: follow the documentation and don’t overwrite framework code
  • Build a framework by means of a prototype: a static internal website that includes all the page types and elements you need
  • Focus on quality assurance during the development process, and quality control to find and fix framework issues
  • Diligently maintain and update your framework, whether it’s for internal or external use
  • Anchor your documentation right where development happens

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Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens Oliver Meiert is a German author and developer. Jens has written short books about a variety of topics (last: The Little Book of Website Quality Control and How to Work on Oneself). He has been a technical lead and innovator at companies like Google and GMX, traveled the world (18 countries on 5 continents in 2012, 48 countries on 6 continents from 2013–2015), and run a number of art-political campaigns. Jens loves coffee, men’s fashion, and Werder Bremen. Online, he lives at