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Is anyone aware of a location for some decent documentation on prototype? The site at www.prototypejs.org just doesn't provide enough documentation on the various APIs.
 
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Shameless plug: http://www.amazon.com/Prototype-Scriptaculous-Action-Ajax-Crane/dp/1933988037

But I will admit that, at this point, the information in the book is probably rather dated.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Shameless plug: http://www.amazon.com/Prototype-Scriptaculous-Action-Ajax-Crane/dp/1933988037

But I will admit that, at this point, the information in the book is probably rather dated.


I hope that it isn't too dated. I bought the book earlier this week. I am waiting for it to arrive. In the meantime, I am hoping to get some work done.
 
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The information in the book should all be valid, but won't be up-to-date with any changes over the past few years.

Client-side stuff changes fast -- much faster than server-side frameworks. I mean, I've put out two editions of jQuery in Action since putting out the Prototype book.

And client-side libraries also do not tend to have the dedication to backward compatibility that their server-side brethren have.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:The information in the book should all be valid, but won't be up-to-date with any changes over the past few years.

Client-side stuff changes fast -- much faster than server-side frameworks. I mean, I've put out two editions of jQuery in Action since putting out the Prototype book.

And client-side libraries also do not tend to have the dedication to backward compatibility that their server-side brethren have.


If your book is out of date, where else could I get info about Prototype? The prototype website is pretty bad.
 
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I'm afraid that's the best resource at the current time, as far as I know.

Is there a legacy reason that you are using Prototype? It's kind of a dinosaur at this point...
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:I'm afraid that's the best resource at the current time, as far as I know.

Is there a legacy reason that you are using Prototype? It's kind of a dinosaur at this point...


No Bear, there is no legacy reason. I just chose Prototype first. I could use any of the other JS libraries. Could you recommend the one that you prefer? I was thinking about using JQuery, but I just randomly chose to use Prototype first. There are some quick tutorials on Lynda.com teaching Prototype and JQuery. I thought about using GWT too and maybe YUI.

I would like to give them all a try just for the heck of it.

Bob
 
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I'm personally a big jQuery fan.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:I'm personally a big jQuery fan.


OK, I'll give it a try.

Thanks - Bob
 
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My jQuery (2nd edition) book is the most up-to-date book out there at this time. And the online docs aren't too shabby -- especially for online docs.
 
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I found the PDF version of the API documentation useful.

I like and use Prototype, for what little I do with such stuff. Besides its web site and that PDF, I used Bear's book for learning and found that sufficient. I'm probably only using 10% of its capabilities, though -and nothing that got introduced in the last 4 years- so take that with a grain of salt.
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:My jQuery (2nd edition) book is the most up-to-date book out there at this time. And the online docs aren't too shabby -- especially for online docs.

After about a week of review, I have decided to use JQuery instead of Prototype. Thanks for your comments. I purchased your book on JQuery too.
 
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