Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Google now hosting JavaScript libraries (jQuery, Prototype et al)

Google now offers a service for hosting popular JavaScript libraries, so for any website this is used on the performance will be better (the user may have already downloaded the file on another site and it is cached) and it will reduce the bandwidth your server uses. So far it hosts jQuery, prototype, script.aculo.us, Mootools and Dojo. You can either load it via the Google AJAX API or the <script/> tag. The advantage of using the Google API is that it can be used for Google's services as well (like Maps, RSS/Atom Feeds and Search (Analytics is missing from the list though)).