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Royal Pingdom Conducts JavaScript Framework Usage Survey


Royal Pingdom recently released a survey of 200 popular websites detailing which sites use which Javascript frameworks. The list of sites was drawn from the Alexa US Top 100 and Webware's Top 100 Web Apps. Using an automated tool, they checked for the presence of the following frameworks: Prototype, JQuery, MooTools, Yahoo! UI Library, Dojo, ExtJS and MochiKit.

The survey found that of the sites visited, only four frameworks were found to be in use: Prototype (with 13 sites employing it), JQuery (11 sites), Mootools (4 sites), and Yahoo User Interface Library (7 sites). Some sites used more than one of these frameworks. According to Royal Pingdom: "The ones using more than one framework were Digg (Prototype and JQuery), Bebo (MooTools and YUI) and YouSendIt (Prototype and YUI)." Royal Pingdom offered this disclaimer concerning the survey results:

It should be noted that this survey doesn't necessarily give a 100% complete picture since we only looked at the homepage of the websites. We also didn't log in to any websites. And of course, we didn't look for every single Javascript framework out there.

A detailed breakdown of the results is posted on the Royal Pingdom blog.

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  • ajax libraries

    by Gabriel Kastenbaum,

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    For me an ajax library is one of the two only ways to be able to create nice "web2.0" apps. Javascript development leads to so many errors, one must use a middleware to be able to access to DOM and XHTTPRequest splendors without headaches.
    The other way, of course, is GWT and javascript generation.

    Do you know other ways to do some nice web sites with dom manipulation etc?

    PS : by the way, I miss ExtJS... It was a nice compromise, well written ...

  • Re: ajax libraries

    by Simon Turner,

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    One way is JSF with a good Ajax-enabled library, such as JBoss RichFaces/Ajax4JSF. This gives you Ajax that is effectively declarative (more or less no hand-coded Javascript required at all) which is great, except for the cost in terms of JSF's memory bloat. Basically you trade scaleability for maintainability .

  • Re: ajax libraries

    by Gabriel Kastenbaum,

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    Interesting. I just started a new project 15 days ago,n using JSF dans rich faces. And I also was very glad with this library and this approach - so far...

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