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20 Trusted AJAX, DHTML and JavaScript Tool Sites

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 by in Web

I started posting about AJAX shortly after the term was coined by AdaptivePath’s Jesse James Garrett in 2005, and in the beginning most of the examples, tutorials and references were produced by programers interested in the subject. Today many of the so-called AJAX, DHTML and Javascript sites are splogs, or other types of traffic generating ad platforms. My question is always who can I trust for tested quality scripts and tools? While there are probubly hundreds of trustworthy sites out there these are the ones I go to when I’m looking for ideas and inspiration. This is not the definitive list of trusted sites so if you have a site you trust for AJAX, DHTML and Javascript tool please let myself and the community know of them through the comments section of this post. Thanks to all of the individuals who spent their free time to put up these wonderful resources. “

AJAX Tools

rnAJAX PatternsrnAjaxPatterns.org began as a collection of design patterns, which formed the basis of the book, Ajax Design Patterns, and grew into a publicly editable wiki on anything and everything Ajax. All pages (except this homepage) are now editable, no registration required. Feel free to contribute!”FiftyFourElevenrnAjax examples (XMLHttpRequest examples), code snippets and proof of concepts – the links below should help get you started on building your own functions with XMLHttpRequest and Ajax.”Google Web Toolkit – Build AJAX apps in the Java languagernGoogle Web Toolkit (GWT) is an open source Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don’t speak browser quirks as a second language. Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatibilities between web browsers and platforms, and JavaScript’s lack of modularity makes sharing, testing, and reusing AJAX components difficult and fragile.”rnKabuki Ajax ToolkitrnThe Kabuki Ajax Toolkit (AjaxTK) is now available for separate download for object-oriented UI programmers that want to deliver some of that Zimbra Ajax richness within their own web applications.”MiniAjaxrnA showroom of nice looking simple downloadable DHTML and AJAX scripts. “Moo.ajaxrnMoo.ajax is a very simple ajax class, to be used with prototype.lite from moo.fx. It’s roughly based on the prototype one, so their usage are very similar.”Nomadic FunctionsrnWhy include ten .js files (ala Yahoo UI) to create one simple effect? This may be a drastic example, however, in any case, even when using MooFX’s small 2k library you are including a lot of filler code. What’s the solution? Nomadic Functions. Nomadic functions are small, optimized, and fairly specific. An example may be anything from a simple Drag & Drag function, to a AJAX Star Rating, or a Text Scroller. They are like widgets… but even smaller.”rnOracle – Web 2.0 and Ajax ResourcesrnOn this website you will find hype free Ajax and Web 2.0 collateral, samples and pointers that you will find useful when building web applications today. In addition to having a strong focus on today’s Web 2.0 technologies and Ajax, this page will also expose component information, best practices and hints and tips about the ADF Faces Rich Client components in JDeveloper 11.”Sun – Ajax Developer Resource CenterrnDetails on AJAX App Development, Free Articles, Tips, Tools & More.”Yahoo! User Interface LibraryrnThe Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) Library is a set of utilities and controls, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and AJAX. The YUI Library also includes several core CSS resources.”rn

DHTML Tools

rnDhtmlGoodies“DhtmlGoodies was launched the 6th of September 2005. The site is developed and maintained by Alf Magne Kalleland from Norway. The purpose of this site is to provide you with a library of well working DHTML and AJAX scripts. “DthmlsiternAt DHTMLSite, you will find a directory of useful AJAX/DHTML scripts and tutorials.”Dynamic DrivernOne of the largest and best places on the internet to find DHTML scripts and tutorials.”rn

Javascript Tools

rnDZone Snippets – JavascriptrnSnippets is a public source code repository. Easily build up your personal collection of code snippets, categorize them with tags / keywords, and share them with the world”rnFacernFACE was developed to allow standards-compliant web developers to put more life and energy into their pages, without having to learn Javascript or Flash: all it takes is basic math skills and a good understanding of CSS. FACE is built entirely from JavaScript and the CSS that you provide to control the animation.”Javascript ToolboxrnThis site is intended to be a repository of code and reusable libraries which address common needs that many web developers encounter. The code found here is based on standards but also tries to be backwards-compatible for browsers which don’t support the standards. The information on the site emphasizes standards-compliance for best results, and best practices which should be followed. This is not a site containing snippets of code submitted by anonymous, unreliable coders. All code on the site is written by one person, in a consistent fashion, tested thoroughly, and used in practice by thousands of web sites around the world.”PublicWarehouse – Javascript DatabasernAn amazing list of scripts in almost any category you can think of.”Remedial JavaScriptrnThe JavaScript Programming Language suffers from premature standardization. Some feature omissions can be corrected by adding new functions and basic methods to our standard programming toolkit. That is what we will be doing here. There are functions that I feel should have been in the Standard and required in every implementation. Fortunately, JavaScript is such an expressive language that we can easily fix the omissions locally.”Ten Javascript Tools Everyone Should Have“Javascript frameworks have exploded on the scene over the last few years but they’re no replacement for a good toolbox: those little snippets of code you seem to include in every single project. Here’s my list of 10 essential Javascript tools everyone should have at their fingertips!”Top 10 Custom JavaScript Functions of All TimernIf there was ever a universal common.js shared among the entire develosphere, you’d fine these ten (plus one bonus) functions. It would be the swiss army knife no developer would go into production without. They have no doubt been tested tried and true and have proven usefulness and helpfulness to all those who’ve used them. So without further ado, here are what I believe to the top ten greatest custom JavaScript functions in use today.rn