In the Wild for June 25, 2010
As always, let us know in the comments or @yuilibrary if we missed something important.
- AutoFusion's CarPrices.com Launches Using YUI 3.1.1: YUI 3 Gallery contributor Josh Lizarraga has been working with Autofusion Inc. on the new CarPrices.com project, built using a host of YUI 3.1.1 utilities and widgets. Josh will have more on this project in a future YUIBlog post.
- Congrats to Matt Snider & Friends at YUI 2-based Mint.com, Winners of a 2010 Webby: Congratulations to Matt Snider and the other outstanding frontend engineers at Mint.com for their well-deserved 2010 Webby award in the Financial Services category. Mint has been YUI 2-based since the beginning, and Matt continues to be a big contributor to the YUI project. You can see Matt's five-word acceptance speech over on YouTube.
- Ajaxian's Dion Almaer Reviews Caridy Patiño Mayea's Preload Gallery Module for YUI 3: Dion has a nice post up on Ajaxian reviewing Caridy Patiño Mayea's Preload module for prefetching and caching assets, a YUI 3 Gallery entry that he wrote about recently on YUIBlog.
- How easy is the code to read? Despite massive improvements in documentation over the past few years, odds are you will have to dig into the code at some point. Before committing to a library, spend some time knee-deep in the source. Is it easy to understand, or does even the original author have trouble with it?
- How good is the documentation? Clean and readable code can make up for less-than-stellar documents, but nothing helps you get started quite like tutorials and examples. Poke around the wiki or the website, and see what they have to offer. Are the examples clear and easy to follow? Does a quick Google search bring you to the proper part of their material?
- What's the community like that surrounds the library? Check out the mailing lists. Is there a lot of traffic? Are new people treated with respect or derision? Has the code been updated recently, or was the last release several years ago?
- Can you get help? Although this is related to the previous bits about community, it's always valuable to look around the development community and see who's using what. Check out the job boards to get a sense of which libraries are showing up frequently on resumes.