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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Flash is Dead? script.aculo

I was browsing some Ajax libraries the other day, and found one that’s pretty cool. You can check out what it does at As I was looking at their demo page, I got to thinking about how many times I would do something in flash just because I would want a similar effect. Not only is it not plugin based anymore, but the file size is extremely lower too. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of things that still would not compare to what Flash has to offer, but it just makes you wonder… will we need Flash in a few years? Another thing that comes to mind is SVG, which stands for scalable vector graphics. With SVG enabled browsers, we can call vector graphics on-the-fly and animate them without any type of Flash. Don’t get me wrong, I think Flash is a great software package. But if there’s something better, why not?

Welcome to!

The Web is changing. The 30-year-old terminal-like technology it was originally is gradually giving way to new ways of doing things. The power of AJAX allows for rich user interaction without the trouble that has bugged traditional web applications. Building upon the wonderful Prototype JavaScript library, provides you with some great additional ingredients to mix in.

Try out these live AJAX powered demos:
autocompletion live demo shopping cart live demo
Check out the list of available demos.

Visual effects

Web applications don't have to stay behind the current graphical trends in ultra-rich-desktop-applications. And they don't have to resort to fancy plug-ins that break usability and accessibility. Browsers and standards have reached a stage where advanced animations are finally possible to do with JavaScript.

Visit the visual effects page to learn more. Here's a quick demo to get you started (Hint: try fewer than 3 characters on the search).


Want some more user interaction than the same old INPUT elements and drop-downs? How about drag-and-drop with built-in support for sortable lists, floats and AJAX serializing? Go to the drag-and-drop page for complete coverage. The scripts you'll find here all make use of the fully object-oriented Prototype JavaScript library, which comes (like!) with the Ruby on Rails web application development framework. (But you can use Prototype and with any web development tools, (even with static HTML pages!)


All this nice stuff is licensed under a MIT-style license , so you can use it for anything you like, as long as you include the copyright notice.

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