Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
Ext JS is the Ajax community’s answer to, “Yes, but does it look wicked cool?” Several folks pointed us to yesterday’s release of Ext 1.1:
The Ext team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Ext v1.1 for download. The 1.1 version includes the new stand-alone version of Ext, a lightweight HTML editor, a new Ext.Ajax utility class, enhancements to DateField and DatePicker, expanded documentation and bug fixes.
We have mixed feelings about the new stand-alone flavor of Ext. It’s great that you can get a tight little optimized package if all you’re after is a little Ajax helpy whelpy and some eye-candy, but does the world really need another XHR wrapper API?
[Ext.JS includes a] new flexible API for making Ajax requests with Ext. Ext.Ajax provides features such as global headers and parameters, cross library file uploads and most importantly, global Ajax events. These events are very powerful and could be used to queue and combine Ajax requests into a single call, cancel requests, provide data locally, add parameters, etc.
Still, kudos to Jack et al. for a solid update to a fantastic toolkit.
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am