Reference, Resources, & Tutorials
jQuery for Designers is geared towards designers who want to learn about the jQuery library to add more dynamic content in their designs.
Straight off the home page, 15 Days of jQuery has "Fantastic tutorials and example code that takes you from zero to hero in no time flat".
//clientside’s tutorial on the mootools framework has a built-in console for you to try out JS code.
A collection of downloadable DHTML scripts. AjaxDaddy provides a demo for the featured scripts.
Another site with a collection of DHTML and Ajax code, similar to AjaxDaddy.
DHTML scripts organized into 16 categories including Calendars, Image Effects, Links & Tooltips, and more.
Yet another place to get your fix of DHTML/Ajax scripts. They also have a fairly nice and straight-forward Ajax basics tutorial.
A "database" of useful scripts and code snipplets that are updated fairly often.
Articles & Blog Posts
The title pretty much says it all — it’s a huge list of JS frameworks/libraries.
A list of scripts geared towards web designers (i.e. not a lot of manual coding involved).
Outlines a few considerations when deciding which JS framework is right for you.
A list of JS code snipplets recommended to have in your coding arsenal; among them are numeric sorting and working with cookies.
A comparison of the top 4 web browsers (IE7, Firefox 2, Safari 3.0.4, and Opera 9.5) when it comes to handling JS.
Blogs & News
Prototype was one of the first popular frameworks. Several libraries and frameworks are based on Prototype (or still require it).
jQuery is lightweight, elegant, and touted as one of the easiest JS frameworks to use.
My personal favorite.
A robust effects library that’s been used by top websites such as Digg, Feedburner, and Apple; requires the inclusion of Prototype.
Another solid framework; it does have a restrictive license for commercial purposes. Check out the Web Desktop demo.
MochiKit is a robust library that offers a lot of utility functions and effects classes.
Dojo is another framework to consider. visit the Spotlight section on the website to see real companies using Dojo.
- Learning jQuery – a multi-author weblog dedicated to sharing information about jQuery. It’s geared at all levels of JS coders wanting to learn about jQuery.
Got any other resources you’d like to share with us? Make sure to talk about it in the comments section!
This was published on Apr 10, 2008