Materialize CSS and Bootstrap are both front-end web frameworks with a focus on typography and device compatibility. They can more accurately be described as below:
Materialize CSS was created and designed by Google. There currently is a beta release v0.100.1. Bootstrap, on the other hand, was initially released in August 2011 and its original authors are Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton. The current stable release is v3.3.7
What is similar about Materialize CSS v0.100.1 and Bootstrap v3.3.7?
Other than the fact that they are both front-end web frameworks, a couple of similarities can be drawn. Upon application, the syntax is different even though the frameworks are similar.
- Both Materialize CSS and Bootstrap have layout components such as containers and the grid system that allows device compatibility and responsiveness. This is, of course, ignoring the difference in implementation.
- Both frameworks have most components in common, for instance: buttons, forms, carousel, modals, pagination, tabs to name but a few.
The similarities above, among others, make it very it easy for web developers to comfortably switch from one to the other without strain.
What are the differences between Materialize CSS v0.100.1 and Bootstrap v3.3.7?
A couple of differences exist between Materialize CSS and Bootstrap, beginning with the obvious that some components exist in Bootstrap and are not present in Materialize CSS.
- Implementation of a mobile collapsible navigation is easier in Materialize CSS than it is in Bootstrap
- CSS components like pulse and shadow are present in Materialize CSS as opposed to Bootstrap.
- Materialize CSS comes with its own color palette which is the Google color palette
I have worked with Bootstrap longer than I have Materialize CSS. My opinion is that Materialize CSS is easier to work with. It involves less code and most of the components and features that I normally work with when developing websites are included in Materialize CSS. There isn’t much customization needed when working with Materialize CSS.