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Web Development: Organizing Dynamic and Interactive Web Pages using JavaScript Frameworks

When it comes to producing dynamic and interactive web pages, the basic knowledge about JavaScript becomes an edge in web development. Developing a website with JavaScript makes it easier to command browsers in a customized way in terms of improving design, validating forms, creating cookies and much more.

It was early 90s when browsers had some developments that continuously deliver progressive interaction in the web today. It started when Netscape’s Brendan Eich invented JavaScript—client-side scripting language—with a goal for web programmers to have something that could add up animation and interaction in web browsers. ( Developers find it efficient especially now that modern browsers support JavaScript where responsive interfaces are developed improving user experiences, without consuming loads of times.

As web development continuously evolves, programmers acquire more methods to develop websites productively using different programming languages. In the case of using JavaScript, many available frameworks are used to simplify the process. These frameworks or libraries serve as great source of help in the complex development in JavaScript. In this article, we will be elaborating the significance of the most used JavaScript frameworks for web developers namely: jQuery, Prototype, and MooTools.

The “write less, do more” JavaScript library
One of the most popular frameworks that simplify JavaScript programming is jQuery. It is open-source software created by John Resig and was licensed under the MIT license. Programmers and designers find it fast, well-documented and easy to use API working in different modern browsers. Some of the projects made with jQuery are for user interface, unit testing, mobile and even CSS selector engines. The latest version of jQuery is 2.x, which has the same API as jQuery 1.x, the difference is it does not support IE 6, 7 or 8 that can be downloaded in their site. (

“A foundation for ambitious web user interfaces”
Providing simple API in common web task performance, Prototype enhances JavaScript with the use of classes and inheritance. The latest stable version that was released last June 5, 2012 is Prototype 1.7.1 which is compatible in Mozilla, IE, Safari, Chrome and Opera. (

“A compact JavaScript framework”
Writing flexible, powerful and cross-browser code in an elegant, well-documented and coherent API is possible and easier to manage using MooTools. Programmers can leverage the availability of different components—core, more, class, natives, element, Fx, request, window—MooTools have in a most customized ways because of its extensible and modular framework. It is an open source compatible with Safari, IE 6+, Firefox, Opera and Chrome. Grab MooTools 1.4.5 for the latest version of this framework, which serves as maintenance release for ver. 1.4.

Each programming languages have its advantages and disadvantages, strengths and weaknesses but most of the time these languages becomes more efficient for development process. What developers need to have is an effective tool that can handle functions for a productive web projects. In terms of interactivity and dynamically made websites, JavaScript hook lot of developers. That is why choosing the right and helpful framework can ease the agony of finishing a web project in time.

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