Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Seven Ajax Frameworks / Toolkits to watch out for

Category: Framework, Toolkit

Like a lot of technologies, Ajax frameworks seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. They’re the best thing since sliced bread one day and cowering back in the corner the next, shadowed by another larger, easier to use framework. There are some of them, though, that are standing the test of time and are starting to really come into their own as more and more developers jump into using them. In this new article on, they talk about some of these tools, briefly pointing out what they are and where to get more details.

Understanding Ajax is one part of the issue however the more complex part is that of actually implementing it. As no real Java developer can develop an application without using a framework, it was only a matter of time before hundreds of Ajax frameworks sprang up. With frameworks, there’s always the concern that you will lock your applications into the framework or even worse adopt a framework that isn’t suited to your needs.

Here I have listed a handful of frameworks that I thought will serve us well over the long run. The primary factors I relied on were 1) already established 2) promoted by a major player.

Among those on the list, the Google Web Toolkit, Dojo, DWR, and Mochikit are all included. Each has just a brief introduction describing it and a link to the project’s homepage. Unfortunately, there’s not much more to it than that – even just another sentence about why they’ve come so far and what kind of benefits would be there in its use would be nice. It is, however, a good starting place for looking into some of the major players in the Ajax framework field.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:24 am

3.4 rating from 27 votes


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there’s not much more to it

Comment by ron — June 2, 2006

I thought it was strange that they included as opposed to Prototype, given that the Ajax objects are actually implemented in Prototype.

Comment by Thomas — June 2, 2006

How about jQuery ;)

Comment by Gilles — June 2, 2006

It was a bit brief. is this really news?

Comment by bryanl — June 2, 2006

I can not get in that site,

Was it moved some where else? Please give me update link.

Many thanks,

Comment by Thanh — June 3, 2006

The coolest Java/Ajax invention ever:

Can any other Java framework match desktop GUI-API. This invention leaves desktop GUI in the dust.

Comment by Anon — June 3, 2006

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Pingback by Collum’s Column » Blog Archive » links for 2006-06-11 — June 11, 2006

Many new Ajax frameworks are getting closer to traditional desktop GUI application development frameworks. ThinWire ( for one, attempts to mimic VB style programming for the web using DWR style communication. Others such as ZK and Echo2 take similar approaches.

Comment by Joshua Gertzen — June 19, 2006

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