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Mon Feb 2 19:18:22 EST 2009
Dirk is in the process of moving the Wiki and had been waiting to start
this on the Wiki but in light of some recent other discussions, I will
start that discussion here on the DEV list. For some time (ok, a couple
with AJAX capabilities to the core GL framework.
Although, the initial focus is on adding a JS libray to make it easier
to add AJAX, there is clearly a need for a JS library to made it easier
to code the functions and UI components to handle and enrich the user
interface. AJAX enabled forms or screens can all be coded in plan
only make the coding easier, faster and cleaner but we easier to develop
common methods and reference code. Thats without leveraging some of the
sophisticated widgets, plugins these libraries can offer.
This thread is then to ask for suggestions on the JS Library to use and
why. We may need to setup prototyped code for comparison.
I will start with my preference and reasons - let the debate begin ....
As part of our Nextide projects, we have been doing AJAX powered Geeklog
plugins for a few years. Many of the nexpro plugins like nexFlow,
nexList are good examples but that code was done a few years ago. Since
then we have further optimized the coding style of using YUI and our
latest projects (not public releases) are much cleaner.
There are probably 100 AJAX libraries that could work with PHP and I
started into this a few years ago rolling my own to better understand
the issues. After looking at and trying a few, I settled on YUI because
about 2+ years ago, it was developing a strong community and had a big
name behind it. JQuery and others like qooxdoo,MooTools, Prototype,Dojo
where also starting out.
YUI's AJAX has some nice features like automatic linking to a target
easily handle files. The library supports both POST and GET and easily
used in non-form applications like links where you still want to use
AJAX. The library has configurable timeout plus support for success and
error handlers as well as custom event handlers. I've been using it with
the YUI JSON library this past few months and it's been working nicely
and easy to code.
The YUI library is quite extensive now, but we only need to use
Connection Manager Library which needs the minimum version of
theirYahoo-Core and Event libraries. Additionally, they have the JSON
library which is optional but highly recommended that we standardize on
with any AJAX returning data.
http://developer.yahoo.com/yui - main site, with links to their blog,
examples, documentation and community forum.
http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/connection/ - the AJAX connection library
YUI has a very complete documented API, plus examples, tutorials and
active development community.
YUI 3.0 is in Pre-Release and shows that this library has a forward
Using YUI and JQuery for some of JQuery's nice UI and DOM manipulation
is very doable and I have recently started to use JQuery for a new
project. I really like the way JQuery has fostered active development
and extensions and don't see any reason why we can't use both JQuery and
YUI where they fit best. In both cases, minified and CDN hosted
libraries are available.
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