AJAX toolkit selection criteria

Colin Clark colin.clark at utoronto.ca
Wed Apr 4 21:35:18 UTC 2007

Hi Antranig,

On 4-Apr-07, at 2:21 PM, Antranig Basman wrote:

> The need for a lot of the event frameworks would seem to be
> considerably mitigated by use of a more closure-based programming
> style - that is, having ones handlers be simple null-arg functions
> which instead of relying on "this" have all of their relevant
> context closed over already.
> ...
> Are there any other aspects of event handling that we think could
> usefully be abstracted? So far I do not seem to have run into any
> of these requirements yet in the RSF widgets I have built so far,
> which just use the standard DOM events - they are many of them
> admittedly quite simple things.

This is an interesting point, and I will admit that I don't have the  
experience to know if the various event systems in current toolkits  
are actually valuable. Most of them seem to provide some event  
support beyond the standard DOM events. Perhaps we shouldn't consider  
this a particularly important criteria, then? Does anyone have any  
opinions about the event model in Dojo or other toolkits?


Colin Clark
Technical Lead, FLUID Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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