[thelist] Javascript Frameworks

Olivier Percebois-Garve percebois at gmail.com
Sat Nov 20 11:48:16 CST 2010

Some people prefer cocacola, some others pepsi.

As jquery is currently the cocacola of the js libs, you are more likely to
have to work on it, more likely to find people experienced with it,
more likely to find code built on top of it.

jQuery's components are : 1. selector engine 2. dom manipulation&event
handling 3. ajax 4. animation

They are all sweet and simple to use, which explains the success of jQuery
against competitions.
That said, these bricks are not sufficient when you have to scale up your
stuff and build a real webapp,
where you'll need to have some sort of mvc, which means to have at least a
templating engine, and probably dependency management, oop layer, widget
dojo and mootools already provide at least partially that (I dunno exactly
inhowmuch), and for jquery you'll have to add these pieces by yourself.

Anyway, all these libs are now mature, some of them used to have real flaws
in the past, such as extending the native js objects, but now all that sort
of things has üretty much been fixed, so ou are quite safe to use any of
them, if you have the freedom to choose.


On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 5:47 AM, Steve Clason <stevec at topdogstrategy.com>wrote:

> Simon MacDonald wrote:
>> Anyone had any experience of using JQuery vs Mootools - do you have any
>> views about which Javascript Framework is the best, or if you have a
>> preferred one.
> I've used both, jQuery lots more than MooTools. I think someone already
> mentioned they were written to serve different purposes. jQuery makes
> JavaScript easier and more efficient to write, MooTools provides a
> JavaScript OOP interface, making it easier (if you understand OOP) to write
> and economical to use for large applications.
> Wordpress "bundles" (as someone said) jQuery and Joomla "bundles" MooTools,
> and since those are the platforms I develop for mostly I found myself using
> both, so set about to learn them both thoroughly (still working on that).
> I believe you can use jQuery pretty well without really knowing JavaScript
> and that is not the case with MooTools, and, also mentioned, there are loads
> of extensions written for jQuery and many more users.
> So my advice, FWIW: stick with jQuery unless you're stoked on OOP and
> desperately miss it when using JavaScript. Consider MooTools for a next step
> once you've gotten comfortable with jQuery.
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