Posted by david on 21 August 2017 at 1:29 am

I've been working on a new themeable CSS framework and today I named it and created a repo: ClaySS. Who saw that coming, right? 😉 

ClaySS will replace Bootstrap and jQuery in Clay 2.0, but will be available as a standalone SASS package on npm. ClaySS is based on iotaCSS, so you will be able to use iota's components for React, Angular, and Vue as well. 

I've been torn on whether or not I wanted to go this direction, but with my focus shifting away from PHP somewhat and more toward node.js, I think it's time to create something different. Bootstrap is awesome, I've used it for several years and it has in a lot of ways shaped the way web sites look today. On the other hand I think it's dependency on jQuery is holding us back. They've both served us well, but it's time to move on. 

Clay 1.0 will continue to use Bootstrap, as it is built into all of the apps and themes. Clay 2.0 will be very different in a lot of ways, I think moving away from Bootstrap at the same time is the best approach. I still plan to write Clay 2.0 in PHP, but there are some twists (not spilling the beans yet).


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