Top 11 Ajax Frameworks You Should Know

Top 11 Ajax Frameworks You Should Know

Now a days the best technology to develop a dynamic web pages is Ajax. JavaScript code embedded into the HTMLpage is used to send requests to the server. At the server side, some processing is required to handle them, find the info or store the data. To do that, we need for a specialized framework. The framework has always a JavaScript part, and sometimes a server side part in another scripting language. A lot of them exist in various programming languages, in all environments around, but we have discussed here only the most widely used.

Why we prefer a framework ?

Basically, framework provides a classical, cross-browser functions to use the XMLHttpRequest object. But a framework may goes beyond that, and allow to build “rich web applications”, applications with a graphical user interface and other features of desktop software that run through a browser, while exchanging data with a remote server.

A list of Features about Ajax framework:

– Any Ajax framework is able to communicate with the server, and thus, to read data or to send it data or commands. In the last case a server-side script like PHP, ASP, JSP is required.

– The frameworks often add components that make use of the asynchronous communication with the server.

– The classical examples are buttons, tabbed panels, grids, listboxs and other such widgets.

– A more innovative example, the “boxes”, are more and more often implemented, and Lightboxand Slimbox are two of them. There are image galleries that place them side by side on the screen and that are making use of Ajax to display them instantanously .

– Framework may be server-driven also, and in this case, component are created on the server with a scripting language such as PHP, and sent to the browser.

– Ajax is used to transmit user actions to the server part, and to handle the results.

– The ability to work offline as it is offered by Google Gears, may be added to the Ajax framework as well.

Such Ajax libraries and frameworks:

1. Jquery.

JQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript.

2. Closure Library

Web applications have evolved from simple HTML pages into rich, interactive applications that provide a great user experience. Today’s web apps pose a challenge for developers, however: how do you create and maintain efficient JavaScript code that downloads quickly and works across different browsers?

The Closure tools help developers to build rich web applications with JavaScript that is both powerful and efficient.

3. Prototype

Prototype is a JavaScript Framework that aims to ease development of dynamic web applications. Featuring a unique, easy-to-use toolkit for class-driven development and the nicest Ajax library around, Prototype is quickly becoming the codebase of choice for web application developers everywhere.

4.Script Aculous

script.aculo.us provides you with easy-to-use, cross-browser user interface JavaScript libraries to make your web sites and web applications fly.

5. Rico

Rico 2.0 extends the component set from the previous versions. The LiveGrid has been expanded to include filtering, column resizing, and many more features. The core of Rico 2.0 has been designed to enable custom components to be more easily built.

6. Mootools

MooTools is a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework designed for the intermediate to advanced JavaScript developer. It allows you to write powerful, flexible, and cross-browser code with its elegant, well documented, and coherent API.

7. extJS

JavaScript platform for rapid development of applications, conformant to Web standards. Provides a set of graphic components.

8. Dojo Toolkit

Dojo saves you time, delivers powerful performance, and scales with your development process. It’s the toolkit experienced developers turn to for building great web experiences.

9. Qooxdoo

Qooxdoo is a comprehensive and innovative framework for creating rich internet applications (RIAs). Leveraging object-oriented JavaScript allows developers to build impressive cross-browser applications. No HTML, CSS nor DOM knowledge is needed.

10. Yahoo UI

The YUI Library is a set of utilities and controls, written with JavaScript and CSS, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and AJAX. YUI is available under a BSD license and is free for all uses.

YUI is proven, scalable, fast, and robust. Built by frontend engineers at Yahoo! and contributors from around the world, it’s an industrial-strength JavaScript library for professionals who love JavaScript.

11. Anaa

Anaa is a the acronym for “An Ajax API”. It is a complete Ajax library written in JavaScript with functions to load and save data from and to the server. The Anaa’s code is easy to understand and to extend. It may work with PHP or other backends.

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