So I hate coding; this is known. What I really like doing is watching libs grow though, so it was pretty cool to watch Ext go from being this tiny YUI helper to a juggernaught of JS. Somewhere along the way though, I think they lost the user friendliess, and now it just sorta feels like the Java API all over again. During that I time I wondered if maybe Scriptaculous/Prototype was where it was at, and over all of that I completely ignored JQuery while giving it props for the cool functional angle.
I am a changed man.
I had to put together a quick demo for some new server side code I was developing and I needed a lib to quick get my forms up and working properly. Speed/visuals, these are all important. What I love about JQuery is that it's really about staying out of your way *completely*. No registering this, embedding that. You include the lib, some plugins and add the css class to your forms and you're done.
A man needs tools.
and sex, but during the work day, tools.
Unless you have a really cool job.