Having an outstanding niche in both visual effects and interface behaviors, script.aculo.us is built from the Prototype framework and is running on the 1.8.3 recent release (late 2009). However, because there hasn’t been a release in 2010 at this point, I would expect there to be revisions and a more recent (and updated) release coming soon. The main features that script is known for are the visual effects of (1) Opacity, (2) Scale, (3) MoveBy, (4) Highlight, and (5) Parallel. That said, there are several additions to those 5 effects, but if you are venturing outside of the visual effect realm this is not the right framework for you.
If you want to get interactive with your web applications, this is the framework for you. With the release of 3.0 in late 2009, a CSS selector was added, and several other features that aid in the development of websites (more so for writing code more efficiently). The best aspect, though, of the YUI Library is that it is built in support of Yahoo! on an open-source system which means that it has an outstanding number of plug-ins, extensions, and other features. The one downfall of this robust system is the tediousness of having to learn all of the code, plug-ins, and extensions.
Consisting of one of the largest library of plug-ins, jQuery is one of the newest frameworks on the block. The most recent version release occurred in February with 1.4.2 which is voted as one of the easiest frameworks to learn and adapt. Along with this, the jQuery framework is extremely easy for developers to implement due to the large library of plug-ins and extensions. One of the greatest features of jQuery, though, is the immense and knowledgeable community which is considered to be one of the largest and most interactive. And, if that wasn’t enough consider the fact that industry-leading websites utilize the framework (i.e. Google, Dell, and CBS).
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