List of Ajax Frameworks - JavaScript


JavaScript frameworks are browser-side frameworks very commonly used in Ajax development. There are hundreds of JavaScript frameworks available. According to latest surveys, the most used JavaScript frameworks are:

Framework License
jQuery, a JavaScript framework that provides an Ajax framework and other utilities, and jQuery UI, a plug-in that provides abstractions for low-level interaction and animation, advanced effects and high-level, themeable widgets GPL and MIT
MooTools, a compact and modular JavaScript framework best known for its visual effects and transitions. MIT
Prototype, a JavaScript framework that provides Ajax and other utilities, and, a plug-in for animations and interface development MIT
YUI Library, a set of utilities and controls, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and Ajax BSD
ASP.NET AJAX, a set of extensions to ASP.NET for implementing Ajax functionality. Microsoft Public License
Spry framework, an open source Ajax framework developed by Adobe which is used in the construction of Rich Internet applications. BSD
Dojo Toolkit, an Open Source DHTML toolkit written in JavaScript. modified BSD license or the Academic Free License
Ext JS, a library that extends Prototype, Jquery and YUI until version 1.0. Since version 1.1 a standalone Ajax framework. GPLv3 or proprietary
Prevel Framework, a lightweight (approximately 4.8 Kb) JavaScript library with strong functionality. All the methods which can be useful in all kinds of development are attending in Prevel (such as interaction with DOM, Ajax, some of common methods). MIT and LGPL

Other frameworks not among the most used include:

  • AJAX.OOP, an open source framework, providing an OOP-style coding engine and Ajax requests-handling functionality to create web 2.0 components.
  • Ample SDK, standards-based Ajax framework, enabling Rich Internet application development
  • Backbone.js, loosely based on the Model-View-Controller application design paradigm
  • Bindows, an enterprise Ajax framework, with Windows look and feel.
  • DHTMLX, a JavaScript library that includes a comprehensive set of user interface components and a special module for server-side integration.
  • jx, a tiny cross-browser AJAX library weighing less than 1KB.
  • qooxdoo, is a comprehensive Ajax application framework. Leveraging object-oriented JavaScript allows developers to build impressive cross-browser applications.
  • Smartclient, provides a zero-install DHTML/Ajax client engine, rich user interface components & services and client-server databinding systems.
  • SproutCore, designed to make desktop-like apps for the web.
  • Wakanda Framework, works on top of WakandaDB with Server-Side JavaScript, designed to build interfaces for desktop & mobile Web applications.


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