1) The focus of web development is shifting more and more to the front end
2) Users are more and more demanding that their web apps look like their desktop apps
3) Users are more and more expecting to be wowed
How many of us are taking advantage of the various libraries out there (YUI, JQuery, Scriptaculous, Prototype, Dojo, etc)? For those who are, what has been your experience? What difficulties have you encountered while implementing your solutions? Which would you recommend?
Let's talk. Let's drop the "site reviews" and "language A is better than language B" talks. Let's actually start LEARNing something.
I have used all that I have mentioned above, mostly in combination as opposed to independently. I have used them for various animations and eye candy features.
I would personally recommend the YUI, main reason being its better documentation and ready examples. In particular, I like its sample layout project which provides you with pluggable page layouts you can use on your various projects. The site even comes with a page builder which, after supplying it with info like number of columns, will build the basic structure that you copy and paste into your web projects.