Web Development New August 14, 2008

Lots of good things out of Yahoo today:

YUI 3.0 Preview Release 1

The YUI team has provided us with a preview version of 3, scheduled to be released in December 2008. It will not be backwards compatible with version 2.*, but will be able to run in parallel until you have time to upgrade your code base to version 3. They state that the framework will be smaller and more efficient. Also, they have adopted to use a JQuery-like method for querying the DOM. I am both excited and apprehensive about the upgrade, as I have written thousands of lines of code, depending on the existing framework, but a better quality framework is best in the long run.

The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Premature Standardization

Douglas Crockford writes about standardization and why the EcmaScript 4 (ES4) standard project fell apart. Personally, I am thankful for this, as I was never a big fan of ES4 and favor the ES3.1 standard. Not that there wasn&rsquot;t good parts to ES4, but on a whole I agree with Douglas Crockford, "it was a mess." There is a new project, Harmony, that will try to take some of the best parts of ES4 and integrate them with ES3.1, but it is still in its infancy.