[wp-hackers] AJAX / JS libraries
ryan at concept64.com
Sun Apr 23 13:32:53 GMT 2006
going into WP Admin 2.1, I feel as though adding a JS toolkit as a basis
for these JS calls might benefit plugin writers and also
consolidate/replace a lot of the JS scripts floating around.
I just read ringmaster's comments on Ticket #2654:
If you're looking to implement something with Ajax, here's an idea:
Ditch tw-sack (No error handling/debugging? Can't handle equals
signs as passed values with the standard functions?) and build a
WP-pluggable ajax library. Move all of the floating PHP functions
that respond to the various ajax requests into a single file that
dispatches those requests to plugin hooks. Include some way to hook
client-side events to server-side code on-demand so that things like
this can be customized by plugins.
No offense to whomever wrote all this wonderful AJAX and list management
code, but I fear the maintainability and extensibility of all this is
going to become a problem in future releases. And if more AJAX is
planned for the future, I do think having a strong toolkit to build off
would be beneficial. The phrase "don't reinvent the wheel" keeps coming
to mind. Let the toolkit worry about handling cross-browser
I don't know, maybe this has been discussed before or maybe the decision
was just made by those implementing it... but for the sake of creating
an extensible and maintainable product that is now AJAX and JS friendly,
I think it should be considered.
Personally, I recommend Prototype. http://prototype.conio.net/ It's
being used by the Widgets plugin and all the major applications running
Ruby on Rails (see any 37 Signals product), and I don't think it's
support is going to go away anytime soon. And if you've ever seen
anything written using it, the JS code is beautiful and simple and it
works. And adding Scriptaculous effects or tools becomes even easier.
Maybe file size is a concern? Prototype serves at 12KB with gzip
compression and caches.
I'm not trying to start some major political debate, I'm just curious
what everyone's thoughts are on this matter. If it's been discussed
before, link me, please. :-)
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