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The tutorial keeps referencing the term bootstrapping but when I search the term I see a link to a framework by twitter. Are they talking about something specific like this or something more general?



  1. It is a general term. This is a top definition see the following

    A technique of loading a program into a computer by means of a few
    initial instructions that enable the introduction of the rest of the
    program from an input device.

    In short its a way to start by loading the outline of a set of a program and it will then pull in the other dependencies to get you started with that program/framework (in your case an angularjs project).

    And no i looked at the google documentation (unless your looking at codeschool and they dont seem to be referring to twitters bootstrap at all).

    This question seems to discuss it in thorough detail the definition stems from “pulling one up by their bootstraps”

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  2. In a very simple term you can understand it as initializing, or starting, your Angular app.

    The wiki says

    In general parlance, bootstrapping usually refers to the starting of a
    self-sustaining process that is supposed to proceed without external
    input. In computer technology the term (usually shortened to booting)
    usually refers to the process of loading the basic software into the
    memory of a computer after power-on or general reset, especially the
    operating system which will then take care of loading other software
    as needed.

    “A different use of the term bootstrapping is to use a compiler to
    compile itself, by first writing a small part of a compiler of a new
    programming language in an existing language to compile more programs
    of the new compiler written in the new language.”

    The below image from the Bootstrap docs of AngularJS will make it clear.

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