It's certainly big news. I just checked back to where I bookmarked the Yahoo announcement a couple of days ago in del.icio.us; at the moment 2888 other people have also bookmarked it. And its not just making waves among industry pundits following Yahoo's twists and turns - it's big news for developers who want to use new approaches to web applications - like Ajax - without spending - or charging - a fortune to build or buy code to do it. I can tell you the developers at my joint are eager to get a look at it. And the developer blogosphere is buzzing with the news.
The libraries include tools for animation, DOM manipulation (the key to dynamic HTML), drag and drop, and httpXMLRequests (the heart of Ajax). In addition, calendar and treeview components are provided. The library is all cross-browser tested - a "graded browser" policy described in the documentation that lays out the Yahoo definition of "multi-browser support."
As one blogger sums it up:
I'm sure that this is probably a lot to do with...generating goodwill; but also hope that it will reduce duplication of effort and poor practices, and speed up the development process. The design patterns all have accessibility sections - which is great to see.
Tags: yahoo, web2.0, webdev