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Script.aculo.us: Web 2.0 and AJAX platform

script.aculo.us provides you with easy-to-use, compatible and, ultimately, totally cool JavaScript libraries to make your web sites and web applications fly, Web 2.0 style.

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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:

Scriptaculous also incorporates the robust and powerful Prototype Javascript Framework.