Ajax & Javascript

Here is the list of some JavaScript & AJAX resources to sharpen your coding powers.

Reference, Resources, & Tutorials

jQuery for Designers
jQuery for Designers is geared towards designers who want to learn about the jQuery library to add more dynamic content in their designs.

15 Days Of jQuery
Straight off the home page, 15 Days of jQuery has “Fantastic tutorials and example code that takes you from zero to hero in no time flat”.

TechCheatSheets.com – Javascript Cheat Sheets
A roundup of 10 JavaScript cheat sheets in one place; includes cheatsheets for frameworks such as jQuery and Prototype.

DevGuru – JavaScript Quick Reference
DevGuru provides an extensive list of JavaScript syntax, alphabetized similar to a glossary for easy scanning and searching.

Google Groups – comp.lang.javascript
If you’re looking for a community of JavaScript’ers comp.lang.javascript is an active and helpful community of developers.

Freetechbooks.com – Free Online JavaScript Books
In this collection, you’ll be able to download 5 excellent e-books on the topic of JavaScript, all for free.

Although not purely a JavaScript resource, DZone regularly features articles, tutorials, resources, and news about JavaScript.

The “Mootorial”
Clientside’s tutorial on the mootools framework has a built-in console for you to try out JS code.

W3Schools – JavaScript Tutorial
W3School’s section on JavaScript offers beginning to advanced JavaScript topics.

Ready to use Scripts/Code

Dynamic Drive JavaScript code library
DHTML scripts organized into 16 categories including Calendars, Image Effects, Links & Tooltips, and more.

Yet another place to get your fix of DHTML/Ajax scripts. They also have a fairly nice and straight-forward Ajax basics tutorial.

A collection of downloadable DHTML scripts. AjaxDaddy provides a demo for the featured scripts.

Another site with a collection of DHTML and Ajax code, similar to AjaxDaddy.

JavaScript Kit
You’ll find downloadable scripts, as well as tutorials and guides on JavaScript.

4umi useful Javascript
A “database” of useful scripts and code snippets that are updated fairly often.

Articles & Blog Posts

Efficient JavaScript
An article on quick tips for optimizing your JavaScript code.

The Most Complete AJAX Framework and JavaScript Libraries List(124+)
It’s a huge list of JS frameworks/libraries.

The seven rules of unobtrusive JavaScript
This excellent article outlines seven things to keep in mind when trying to develop unobtrusive JavaScript solutions.

How simple is making your javascript unobtrusive? Easy as Pie.
A basic introductory article on “unobtrusive JavaScript.

The Top 40 Free Ajax & Javascript Code for Web Designers
A list of scripts geared towards web designers (i.e. not a lot of manual coding involved).

How to choose a JavaScript framework
Outlines a few considerations when deciding which JS framework is right for you.

Ten Javascript Tools Everyone Should Have
A list of JS code snipplets recommended to have in your coding arsenal; among them are numeric sorting and working with cookies.

Serving JavaScript Fast
Optimal tips for serving/loading your JavaScript libraries quickly.

The Great Browser JavaScript Showdown
A comparison of the top 4 web browsers (IE7, Firefox 2, Safari 3.0.4, and Opera 9.5) when it comes to handling JS.

Quick guide to somewhat advanced JavaScript
A guide on Object-Oriented JavaScript coding.

Blogs & News

Ajaxian – JavaScript
Ajaxian is a news site about Ajax and Rich Internet Applications. Over 850 stories have been tagged under the JavaScript topic.

John Resig – Blog
John Resig is the creator/lead developer of jQuery and author of “Pro Javascript Techniques”.

Snook.CA – JavaScript Category
Snook.CA is Johnathan Snook’s site on the topic of web development. He writes about JavaScript, as well as other web dev topics.

Ajaxlines provides news and resources on the topic of Ajax. It currently has 140+ posts tagged under JavaScript.

QuirksBlog is part of JavaScript guru/web developer Peter-Paul Koch’s QuirksMode.org. His book ppk on JavaScript is an excellent book to own.

Ajaxonomy – Blogs
Ajaxonomy is a wonderful resource for JavaScript’ers interested in Ajax and other web technologies. It has many posts tagged with JavaScript.

Ajax Bestiary – A JavaScript Field Guide
Ajax Bestiary is a regularly updated blog on JavaScript.

Awesome Frameworks/Libraries

jQuery is lightweight, elegant, and touted as one of the easiest JS frameworks to use.

Prototype JavaScript framework
Prototype was one of the first popular frameworks. Several libraries and frameworks are based on Prototype (or still require it).

MooTools is a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework.

The Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI)
A big and extremely robust JavaScript toolkit by Yahoo!.

JavaScriptMVC is a relatively new but very promising framework that offers a lot of unique components and features not found in other frameworks.

A robust effects library that’s been used by top websites such as Digg, Feedburner, and Apple; requires the inclusion of Prototype.

Ext JS
Another solid framework; it does have a restrictive license for commercial purposes. Check out the Web Desktop demo.

MochiKit is a robust library that offers a lot of utility functions and effects classes.

Dojo is an Open Source DHTML toolkit written in JavaScript.

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