Bootstrapping with Rails
The code I’ve been writing has been elegant and pretty. The actual product and website, not so much. For my latest project, I really wanted to focus on the styling of my application. Rails has streamlined so much of the code with its helpers and associations, building a complex application is attainable anyone with the motivation.
Making that application look like it wasn’t made in the 90’s though takes a different mindset and brain. Bootstrap is a great gateway to adding styles to your webpage. Adding Bootstrap to your rails app takes only a few small steps.
First you need to add the bootstrap gem to your app.
gem 'bootstrap', '~> 5.0.0.beta1'
import 'bootstrap';import 'css/site'
After that you should be able to add the pack_tags to the header of your pages and you can style your pages with bootstrap. I put these in the header of my application view so it will be on every page but you may want different styles on every page.
There is still a language to familiarize yourself with in bootstrap but the learning curve is much easier and the documentation and examples are thorough. I feel like my application fast forwarded two decades in style with just a little effort. Here is a before and after of my application trying to style with and without bootstrap.
Take a look at the style changes I was able to gain in only 2 days and I’m sure there is a lot of customization to learn. Happy bootstrapping.