A Close Look at the Scriptaculous DHTML Library (Page 1 of 4 )
As you'll probably agree with me, today's Web is quickly becoming a huge and exciting development scenario, where Rich Internet Applications (RIA) have found a relevant place. This fact can certainly be clearly observed every time you visit different web sites.
These days it's pretty common to see how a broad range of full-featured graphic user interfaces have been incorporated into diverse web applications to provide visitors with the ability to perform a variety of tasks that were only available in desktop-like programs just a few years ago.
The implementation of functional DHTML components, such as dynamic navigational bars, highly-customized search engines, and AJAX-based front-ends, to name some notorious examples, have changed forever the way that users navigate across web sites. In their way, they have improved users' entire surfing experience.
However, while the above described panorama indeed introduces many benefits for thousands of users that surf the Web every day, the truth is that creating Rich Internet Applications can be a daunting task, particularly if this process is analyzed from a developer's point of view. And this situation can become even worse when it comes to creating eye-catching user interfaces.
However, not all is bad news concerning the development of highly-appealing front-ends for inclusion into web applications. In the last two years, some third-party DHTML libraries have emerged. They are aimed at making this process as painless as possible. More specifically speaking, there's one package that has caught the attention of many web developers due to its remarkable capacity for building impressive visual effects with minor effort.
And before I forget, the official web site of this animation framework is located at http://www.script.taculo.us, in case you want to download its source files.
All right, now that you know what you'll learn in this series, let's step forward and start discovering the neat DHTML capabilities offered by Scriptaculous. Let's begin this educational journey now!