Script.aculo.us: Web 2.0 and AJAX platform
So what's it mean to me?
Scriptaculous makes it easy to apply effects to page elements and to perform AJAX-style communications so you don't have to constantly reload pages for things like submitting forms. This mean much less data goes across the wires (or airwaves, if you're WiFi-enabled), and makes your website behave more like a desktop application.
Of course you can go overboard with it and wind up with a cheesy mess of unusable code, but used properly, great things can happen.
Scriptaculous offers some general categories of effects and capabilties:
- Numerous visual effects (see effects demos).
- Drag and drop sorting (see effects demos).
- Auto completion in fields (see effects demos).
- And more...