The web technologies have caught up to what my actual skills are – application development. I’ve loved the web – but up until now it much more of a graphic designer’s world. Today with Web 2.0 and the tools to create true interactive web applications, I can concentrate more on my true skills – database driven – interactive applications.
Now for the hard part though – finding the right tools to do the job. The last couple of weeks I have started to look into many of the tools available – mostly in terms of creating nicely refined user interfaces and forms. I started out looking at YUI – which then moved onto Dijit. This led to Scriptaculous and then JQuery and currently Ext JS.
I looked at Scriptaculuos, but I wasn’t that impressed with it. I’ll look deeper into it, but I was far more impressed with the JQuery and Ext JS. However, The more tool kits I have under my belt the better off I will be anyway.
As I mentioned, it would be nice to combine the various frameworks and pick and choose what I want to use. As it stands, it would probably be YUI for the Javascritpt/AJAX framework, Dijit for form elements and JQuery or Ext JS for components such as pop-up calendars, tab controls, modal panels, etc.
We’ll see where I end up. If anyone else has any suggestions, or experiences with any of these tools or others, let me know.