DOM Assistant 2.0 released

In my article Learn JavaScript before tasting the library kool-aid from January this year, I ranted a bit about JavaScript libraries and mentioned Robert Nyman's DOM Assistant as an alternative that looked interesting to me because of its focus on doing only the essential things and keeping size to a minimum.

Since the original release, Robert has listened to feedback from people using DOM Assistant and added some features to the library. It's still smaller than most other libraries since it focuses on essential helper functions for DOM scripting. The result is DOM Assistant 2.0, announced in Releasing DOMAssistant 2.0 - Chainability, AJAX Module, DOMReady, XPath And More.

The new features are in the title of the announcement: chainability, an Ajax module, an easier-to-use DOMReady function, and XPath support. I could live without chainability since I think that is partly to blame for jQuery code being so hard for me to decipher. But it's there now, so... just remember that you don't have to use it.

I haven't had the opportunity to use DOM Assistant extensively, but I like its focus on doing only the necessary stuff so I think it's worth considering. And it's modular, so you don't have to include all of it if you know that you're only going to use a few functions.

If you haven't taken it for a test drive, check it out and let Robert know if you run into any problems or have suggestions for improvement. Any feedback of that kind should be sent to Robert, not to me ;-).

Demos, documentation, and the source are all available from the DOM Assistant site.

Posted on September 25, 2007 in JavaScript