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There are two major benefits to using an external CDN such as Google to host jQuery: It's faster. It will be certainly be faster than your site, and probably faster than any CDN you set up yourself. It may already be cached. Lots of sites reference jQuery on Google's CDN as well, so if they visited another site with it before yours, they won't even need to ...
Another downside: Using a CDN allows operator of the CDN to track the sites visitors. That's why they don't cost money.
Nothing against prototype but it does not have the amount of plug-ins or nearly as large of a community as jQuery does. For jQuery there is already a plug-in for almost anything, so I end up writing a lot less js.
It's mostly a matter of preference. Some people don't like how Prototype extends objects, but for basic use they are fairly equivalent. Prototype is still in active development - they put out a release candidate for the next release just a couple months ago.
Using CDN(s) to shard your dependencies across many servers like this in essence represents a tradeoff between bandwidth and latency, assuming you only care about performance. I'm incidentally assuming the alternative is not simply hosting it locally, but concatenating it with a different local request - there's usually no good reason not to concatenate ...
The reasons I use jQuery over any other library: Fast and Lightweight jQuery continues to increase the performance of their library even in of minor-revision-level releases. When they released 1.4.2, the speed of the library was greatly increased even from 1.4.1, as shown in an Ajaxian blog post regarding its release. Performance analysis of 1.4 compared to ...
Use whichever one fits your specifications the best. jQuery is a great library under active development with a great (and large) community following and is my personal library of choice, but don't let that deter you from using Prototype if it is the right tool for the job.
It's really a matter of preference. I tend towards jQuery, personally. It's well documented, has lots of good plugins, and makes my life a whole lot easier. I've heard some complaints from the Prototype people about its size and performance (sorry, I don't remember their specific problem) but both of those aspects have been getting better and better. I ...
It really depends on which you prefer. However, jQuery does seem to have a bigger following, so resources for that might be easy to come by. I think you can get both hosted from Google's servers, and jQuery hosted from MS's servers, which may come into your consideration.
I cannot vouche for Kentico, since that is ASP.net based, and what you are looking at might run you into compatibility issues mixing PHP into the mix. For PHP, UltraPanel PRO would handle overloading all your static and dynamic pages just as you described as a CMS system. Honestly, if I was a developer and a client asked me to build a site that uses both ...
TYPO3 has a library plugin which may be what you're looking for. I think I came across some other web platforms aimed at actual libraries, but those may not be suited to your needs. However, I'll add them later if I can find them again.
On this question I found the answers I needed. http://superuser.com/questions/65082/web-based-library-management-foss-application As the user heavyd said, the only two viable options I found were Koha and Evergreen.
I have not used this myself, but I use the TinyMCE text editor and it's pretty nice... http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/enterprise/mcimagemanager.php From the site: Key Features * Easy to integrate. * MCFileManager compatible. * Create folders. * Upload images. * Crop & Resize (if GD is enabled). * Thumbnail auto generation (if GD is enabled). * EXIF ...
You can use Google Docs API to handle this (upload, search and download). The server side code can be pretty minimal thereafter.
PhotoDune (from Envato, same company as ThemeForest and CodeCanyon, etc). You can buy items without making a deposit, but they charge you a $2 premium to do so.
Wordpress, with the Netblog plugin, is almost good enough for my needs. Almost. It doesn't generate COinS output, it doesn't have links to the footnotes, and it doesn't automatically link DOIs. Maybe this will help someone else out.
Using the jQuery hosted library by Google permits to your page to be loaded faster. Indeed, the library is loaded at the same time of your page instead of after.
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