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Plaudits for the Alpha Bootstrap Starter Kit

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  • Plaudits for the Alpha Bootstrap Starter Kit

    Okay I took the plunge early and purchased Steve's starter kit. Even though I am capable of producing/editing/updating style sheets I do not consider it to be my strength so it would take me far longer to do than someone well versed and working with css all the time.

    A while back, through a business associate I had some basic work done on a style sheet by a lad fresh out of college having studied in this area. The results were good and I have given serious consideration to contracting him to develop a full "house style" for my business. However my concerns were that he does not know Alpha so I would end up paying for him to learn the nuances of the product to allow him to build the new style.

    Then along came Steve who took the plunge to put together his starter kit! Now I am sure many had the same thoughts that I had! ie: We have seen promises before ......etc etc but I was encouraged by the postings and with a real business need to have some modern professional looking styles for several applications soon! I signed up!

    There were still some gaps, mainly around panel navigators and list controls but Steve has continued to develop the product and is rapidly covering these areas.

    With Alpha making such rapid developments with the product the styling has lagged behind although I have no doubt that at some point this will be corrected, however I have a business to run and like it or not clients do look at the styling and my needs are now.

    I have found it very straightforward to integrate the kit into an existing application and today one of my clients had a first peek and were suitably impressed.

    If you have needs for a styling update definitely recommend checking it out. And no I am not on commission :-)

    http://www.alpha-bootstrap.com/


    Glen
    Glen Schild



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    Re: Plaudits for the Alpha Bootstrap Starter Kit

    I share Glen's opinion regarding the outstanding work Steve has done on the Bootstrap Starter Kit. I just released a project based on the the template.....it is using one of the Tabbed UI styles that is included in the kit. So far the site is getting good reviews and the system has run smoothly. Here are some screenshots

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    The site uses conditional images/formatting to make it simple for users to register and submit proposals to present at our conference.

    I have found Steve to be very fast at responding to questions and does a great job of supporting the project. He does understand that list controls are the future compared to grids and tabbed UIs and is working quickly to add full support for those in the kit.

    No....I am not on commission either :)

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      Re: Plaudits for the Alpha Bootstrap Starter Kit

      I have done a lot of customization to the alpha style sheets, so much so that applying another style only serves to confuse me - however I also purchased and think he is doing a wonderful job. I purchased more to support the effort than to actually use it BUT I sure can appreciate how very nice and clean your site looks.
      I remember being asked what a "modern" style would look like if Alpha were to develop one. I replied, I cannot describe it per se but I would sure know it if I saw it!
      NWCOPRO: Nuisance Wildlife Control Software My Application: http://www.nwcopro.com "Without forgetting, we would have no memory at all...now what was I saying?"

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        Re: Plaudits for the Alpha Bootstrap Starter Kit

        Glen, Greg & Charles - many thanks for your comments: much appreciated..

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          Re: Plaudits for the Alpha Bootstrap Starter Kit

          Charles...thanks for your kind words. Most of the credit goes to Steve....the Bootstrap styling sure makes it easy to bring a more modern look to Alpha.....something I have been wanting to do for years, but lacked the CSS knowledge to make it happen......now I don't have any excuses!

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            Re: Plaudits for the Alpha Bootstrap Starter Kit

            Four separate clients have now seen the style and without exception they have all passed the same positive comments: Very clean, business like, easy on the eye to work with. The end users are critical to win over because they are the ones working on the system all day and one said to me this morning that "they love it!".
            Glen Schild



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