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    Prototype, jQuery or MooTools: which one works best for you

    Lately everyone seems to want animations on their websites.
    Usually I pick the one that needs the fewest changes to make it work exactly like my client wants, but what I don't look at is the performance and the size of the framework.

    Which JavaScript framework do YOU prefer above all and why exactly?
    • Prototype
    • jQuery
    • MooTools
    • ...
    I'm only familiar with the ones above, so feel free to complete the list.
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    I always use my own JavaScript library.
    It is especially focused in animations.

    I used it in 90% of web applications I made.

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    I've always used prototype, mostly for the fact mootools wasn't around when I was looking for a javascript framework. Prototype has also always had the widest range of effects/functions and always have been fully cross-browser compliant.

    However, I have used MooTools on a project recently and nothing is as smooth as their effects.

    They are both top notch frameworks, I really don't think one is better then the other at this point, but they both have different syntax and you tend to stick with the one you learn first, especially when their both being so actively developed. (in my case prototype).
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    For general purpose, I use MochiKit pretty heavily. I like it's functional approach, and the fact that it doesn't pollute the global namespace the way that prototype does. It has ports of most of scriptaculous, as well as moo.fx (The predecessor to mootools), and an animation library, which beats the socks off everything else.

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    We use jQuery at work - it's the easiest to explain to non-programmers, the smallest (apart from the original moo.fx), and has everything we need.


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