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Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC - Second Edition

By : Pieter van der Westhuizen
Book Image

Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC - Second Edition

By: Pieter van der Westhuizen

Overview of this book

One of the leading open source frontend frameworks, Bootstrap has undergone a significant change and introduced several features that make designing compelling, next-generation UIs much simpler. Integrating Bootstrap with ASP.NET's powerful components can further enhance its capabilities. This book guides you through the process of creating an ASP.NET MVC website from scratch using Bootstrap. After a primer on the fundamentals of Bootstrap, you will learn your way around and create a new ASP.NET MVC project in Visual Studio. You will move on to learn about the various Bootstrap components as well as techniques to include them in your own projects. The book includes practical examples to show you how to use open-source plugins with Bootstrap and ASP.NET MVC and guides you through building an ASP.NET MVC website using Bootstrap, utilizing layout and user-interface components. At the end of this book, you will find some valuable tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Bootstrap-integrated and ASP.NET MVC-integrated website.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Installing Font Awesome

Bootstrap 4 no longer comes bundled with the Glyphicons icon set. However, there are a number of free alternatives available for use with your Bootstrap and other projects. Font Awesome is a very good alternative to Glyphicons that provides you with 650 icons to use and is free for commercial use.


Learn more about Font Awesome by visiting

You can add a reference to Font Awesome manually, but since we already have everything set up in our project, the quickest option is to simply install Font Awesome using Bower and compile it to the Bootstrap style sheet using Gulp. To accomplish this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the bower.json file, which is located in your project route. If you do not see the file inside the Visual Studio Solution Explorer, click on the Show All Files button on the Solution Explorer toolbar.

  2. Add font-awesome as a dependency to the file. The complete listing of the bower.json file is as follows:

               "name": "", 
               "private": true, 
               "dependencies": { 
               "bootstrap": "v4.0.0-alpha.3", 
               "font-awesome": "4.6.3" 
  3. Visual Studio will download the Font Awesome source files and add a font-awesome subfolder to the wwwroot/lib/ folder inside your project.

  4. Copy the fonts folder located under wwwroot/font-awesome to the wwwroot folder.

  5. Next, open the bootstrap.scss file located in the wwwroot/lib/bootstrap/scss folder and add the following line at the end of the file:

             $fa-font-path: "/fonts"; 
            @import "../../font-awesome/scss/font-awesome.scss";  
  6. Run the compile-sass task via the Task Runner Explorer to recompile the Bootstrap Sass.

The preceding steps will include Font Awesome in your Bootstrap CSS file, which in turn will enable you to use it inside your project by including the mark-up demonstrated here:

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