Zurb’s Foundation is one of the two biggest front end development frameworks right now (with Bootstrap being the other big dog). While both of these addressed the developers’ needs as far as presenting responsive creations in the browser, no one was helping out app developers. Surprising as it may be, many apps actually rely on HTML and CSS embedded inside the application. In a way, they act as nothing more than tiny web browsers. But grid systems like Foundation and Bootstrap weren’t really made to work there. As such, developers in this niche market were on their own when making their apps responsive. In theory, this is no longer the case due to a new framework from Zurb targeted directly at apps.One of the most critical holes in a traditional front end framework is the vertical alignment of containers. For example, a typical email client might have two columns of content: a list of folders on the left, and a list of emails on the right. The developer will most likely make these columns have equal heights. Front end frameworks did not previously address this simple feature, but it is a core feature that has been built right into this new framework.
This tool might not be for you, but I think it is vital to be aware of this release because it represents a potential change in the way apps are designed and built. If you happen to work in the app world, you’re likely to hear more about this one in the future.
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