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Really Write Less, Do More?
If you forgot to check performance metrics, go ahead (there are lots more out there, plus a ton of guides on how to boost performance), there is also the page load speed issue I forgot to mention. Imagine you can be drastically improve the page load by dropping jQuery.
If we compare the size of jQuery v1.11.2 + Bootstrap v3.3.5 minified is just about 93Kb + 36Kb =
129Kb. Our library here is (depending on your browser) 4Kb + 20Kb =
24Kb, where 4Kb is the size of provided polyfill for legacy browsers (IE8+), mostly under 5kb for most used browsers via polyfill services. This library is only 6.6Kb gZipped!
It seems the Bootstrap core developers have given their green light for the creation of a Bootstrap distribution that's not dependent on jQuery after all.
What does this mean for the
bootstrap.native project? Absolutely nothing to worry about, the project will continue to be maintained by the author and the community for it's unique implementations, lighter size, more flexible and probably better in some ways.
jQuery doesn't make sense after all these years. Finally.