Designmodo has a quick overview of what to expect in Bootstrap 4. My initial thoughts:
- Moving from Less to Sass. Crap, now I gotta learn Sass and set up my development environment to support it.
- Grid System based on ems instead of pixels. Nice.
- Dropped support for IE8. OK, whatever…
- Dropped Glyphicons. Uh… please announce a replacement.
- Optional Flexbox. Yesssssss…
- Cards as a new component. Nice.
My biggest gripe is easily having to switch to Sass. Ah well, I’ll live.
When I was studying in the National University of Singapore our lecturers were eager to raise us not merely as “Programmers” but as Software Architects. Where the Programmer lays bricks, the Software Architect is thinking about higher-level design: where do those walls go in the first place?
In recent years, something similar has been happening with CSS — people started thinking about CSS architecture to ensure that styles were reusable and the website itself could scale. I don’t know who kicked off the discussion but my first exposure to a formalized, higher-level technique of writing CSS was Object Oriented CSS (OOCSS). The name threw many off and I found myself comparing it to the Object Oriented Programming Methodology from my days learning Java.