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Comparision between various JS toolkits

Sapna Grover
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There are a lot of JS toolkits around like Dojo, prototype, etc. Which one would you recommend with AJAX when starting a new project. I know the book covers some of them. Does it also cover comparision of the various toolkits.

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Ryan Asleson
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I know this sounds like a cop-out, but the answer really depends on you and your environment. For example, Dojo and Prototype provide many similar features but they're often accessed or invoked differently, so you'll have to decide which style you prefer. DWR is another powerful tool, but while it does a great job of abstracting the connection plumbing and type conversions between JavaScript and Java, it doesn't have particularly powerful support for updating the DOM, like Taconite does.

The bottom line is there is a lot to choose from. Search the web for some examples on each one you're considering and take a look at features, coding style, and other things that might influence your decision.


Ryan Asleson<br />Co-Author, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Ajax-Foundation-Ryan-Asleson/dp/1590595823/sr=1-1/qid=1158926537/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-7412154-2924860?ie=UTF8&s=books" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Foundations of Ajax</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Ajax-Java-Frameworks/dp/1590596773/ref=sr_11_1/002-7412154-2924860?ie=UTF8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pro Ajax and Java Frameworks</a><br /><a href="http://taconite.sf.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Taconite</a> Lead Developer
Sapna Grover
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What should me criteria when choosing among open-source frameworks. I guess stability, popularity, future direction, support etc.. But how do I get this information ?

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Eric Pascarello
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Sitting down and actually playing with it, looking at the wikis and other forums that the projects have, search the net, read reviews found by searching the net.

Eric
 
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