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September 2nd, 2010 jQuery vs MooTools; which is better?

Having used both jQuery and MooTools in various projects, it’s safe to say that both are extremely useful in the right applications, and one isn’t necessarily better than the other. No one could explain this better then Aaron Newton (MooTools contributor and author of “MooTools Essentials“):

If you go to the jQuery site, here’s what it says at the top of the page:

jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript.

…and if you go to MooTools, this is what you’ll find:

MooTools is a compact, modular, Object-Oriented JavaScript framework designed for the intermediate to advanced JavaScript developer. It allows you to write powerful, flexible, and cross-browser code with its elegant, well documented, and coherent API.

I think this really sums it up. If you ask me (and you’re reading this, so I’ll assume you just have), the question isn’t about which framework is better or worse. It’s which one of these things above do you want to do? These two frameworks just aren’t trying to do the same things. They overlap in the functionality they provide, but they are not trying to do the same things.

I tend to use jQuery because of it’s smaller footprint and wider capabilities, but in my experience, MooTools tends to be a bit more precise then jQuery, so it still has a place in my arsenal.

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