In the good ‘ol days, as a front end developer, we were handed a design and we would build our CSS layout and structure from scratch. Ah, how good it felt to reinvent the wheel every time! </sarcasm>
Enter the age of CSS frameworks. We started with grid systems such as 960 and Blueprint, which introduced developers to the column & grid format. Now, we have added full layout and UI into frameworks such as Foundation and Bootstrap; the options are endless. While frameworks are a powerful tool for developers, they are not an end-all-be-all guarantee of high-quality implementation. On the other hand, you may think frameworks are bloated, limiting, and difficult to extend; these too, are common misconceptions. Either way, without proper use and strategy, a CSS framework could result in non-scalable websites or applications, and extreme frustrations for the developer.