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Searching for javascript frameworks, day 2

posted under category: General on May 11, 2006 at 1:00 am by MrNate

I've had a lot of good responses from yesterday's question about Javascript frameworks, and the search continues. Here's what I'm still considering:

Prototype is popular, more than I thought, especally with Scriptaculous. Sounds like a winning combo, but it can be a big download.

The new Adobe Spry seems quite cool, very promising, and, since I'm still choosing, would be an awesome thing to get into at the ground floor (it was released yesterday). One negative is that Spry is an "AJAX Framework," not necessarily javascript and not big on effects, but those Flex-style layouts are just great.

MooFX got big props, from the few people who use it. It requires their "prototype lite", which sounds like a cool deal and a smaller download. Looking at the samples, the syntax doesn't seem as obvious as Scriptaculous.

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On May 11, 2006 at 1:00 AM Mike (uprise78, who breathes said:
Moo is excellent and super small and you just can't go wrong with prototype. Coming from someone who has tried a LOT of frameworks out there I ended up going to prototype + moo for projects where download size is an issue and prototype + scriptaculous where the edit-in-place and other advanced features are needed. You can actually find a compressed prototype + scriptaculous that is 50k if you search for it on google.

I recently modified Lightbox 2.0 to use only moo.fx and prototype lite. It is super fast and a nice, light download.

On May 11, 2006 at 1:00 AM Danilo (danilo via said:
Because one of the major design decisions for Moo.FX was download size it uses a stripped down version of prototype, but I beleive that it can just as easily use the full prototype if you need the additional functionality.

I've used moo.fx in a recent project and I really liked how quick and easy it was to implement some animations as well as some remembering of collapsed states of some content.
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