Secondly, according to the mission briefing, it was stated that the use of Bootstrap and jQuery were permissible. The purpose of the assignment was to reverse engineer the code example using whatever tools, libraries or API’s that you felt were necessary. The only restrictions were that you were not to look at the source code or use a preexisting template in your work. As a result, I wrote a lot of custom CSS. Most of it was used to give the project my own look and feel, but some of it was also used to override some of bootstrap’s default settings.
I agree with you that In a production environment, this sort of methodology is less than Ideal. Bootstrap and jQuery, even in their minimized states are bulky as heck and will slow page load times. Additionally, I would have minimized and concatenated all the page assets using Gulp or Webpack… I fully intend to implement these improvements once my portfolio site “goes live.” But for now, I’m all about learning development, making excellent portfolio pieces and landing a decent job in my field of choice.
This is what my final project looks like, btw: http://codepen.io/mKornblum/pen/YqbGNX