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    Framework adoption statistics

    Hi,

    does anyone know, or know where I can find, the statistics of how many people have downloaded/use the various javascript frameworks out there, YUI, prototype, jQuery, etc?

    Thanks

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    Unless the sites boast about it "500,000 downloads in two days!!" I doubt that you will.

    You can get charts, like this one from alexa, comparing jquery/mootools/scriptaculous/prototype but that's only meaningful when you consider that it's only people with the Alexa toolbar that they're getting results from, and it's primarily SEO people and possibly developers who might have it installed.

    YUI wasn't included in the above because there is no separate domain for it.

    With statistics you can only trust 17.8% of the figures that are given to you.

    What you should do is look at the pros and cons of each framework and figure out which one works best for you.
    If you don't really know what you're going to do with it, try a couple out. Get your feet wet, so to speak.

    If you're after advice about "which is the best one", none of them truly stand out from the crowd.
    Scriptaculous and prototype are getting a bit old now, YUI has a lot of brains behind it, jquery and mootools both have very interesting parts to them, but you'll have to look in to them yourself, or articles about them, to gauge them for yourself.

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    Please be cautious of basing decisions on unsubstantiated data. Even the author admits that his statistics are not to be taken as actual.

    the entire survey has to be taken with a large licking-block of salt. It's not scientific and probably breaks about 100 rules for best practices when doing a survey. However, given the limitations of the survey and the surveyor (that's me), it still provides valuable insight


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