In what is being deemed the most significant update since its creation 2 years ago, Prototype 1.6 along with Script.aculo.us 1.8 have been released.
Script.aculo.us creator Thomas Fuchs gives an overview about the concepts and functionality of both Prototype and the script.aculo.us libraries, provides advice on what and what not to expect and gives pointers and hints on how to get started.
Earlier this month the Prototype team released the first RC of 1.6.0. This release contains a number of core API upgrades, bug fixes, and new features. The Event API has been overhauled and a new DOM Builder API has also been added.
Dr. Dobbs is currently featuring a case study of the Ajax framework selection process of a development team at T. Rowe Price. The article considers GWT, Dojo, Prototype/Scriptaculous, and Yahoo UI Library.
In this interview Ajaxian cofounder Dion Almaer talks about the state of Ajax development today. Among the items he discusses are the history of how Ajax came to be, which frameworks he recommends developers consider, and tooling/debuggins support. Almaer also talks about security and general design considerations that need to be respected when creating Ajax enabled applications.
A new article on BEA's Dev2Dev site provides a way to sort through the numerous Ajax frameworks that are available today. The goal of the technique is to make it easier to understand the distinctions between the various frameworks by placing them on a set of axes including declarative versus procedural and client-centric versus server-centric.
According to recently released survey results from Ajaxian.com, prototype is the most popular ajax framework in use, by a large margin, followed by Scriptaculous (which is built on prototype). Java-based Dojo and DWR came in 3rd . Backend platforms were also surveyed, with PHP the most used for Ajax, followed by Java, .NET, and Rails.
InfoWorld columnist Peter Wayner recently reviewed six of the most popular open source Ajax toolkits. He was curious if they were enterprise ready in comparison to commercial products such Backbase, JackBe, and Tibco's General Interface. The six open source projects covered were selected because each has a high-profile in the developer community and support of one or more stable organizations.
French expert user-interface programmer Sebastien Gruhier releases latest version of his beautiful Prototype Windows code, based on Prototype and compatible with Scriptaculous effects.