First there is the main topic review, for example, starting just below is a review of Jing, Techsmith’s free and very useful screen capture utility for Mac and Windows. But also you gets to see and use the EXTjs Frameworks Tab Widget and at the end of the tabs there are a few remarks about the EXTjs Tabs widget.
Here is the full list of reviews and widgets used:
Jing – Techsmiths very capable and very free screen/video capture utility – EXTjs Tab Widget
Home page 1 – trial home page redesign – EXT.js Panel, Accordion, and Tab Widgets
Home page 2 – trial home page redesign 2 – jQuery widgets
Change/replace HTML – dynamic HTML content is the game here – Mootools Accordion Widget
Change/replace CSS – dynamic CSS styling brings power – Adobe Spry Tabs Widget
Snagit 9 – Techsmith’s Pro screen capture utility – EXTjs Tabs widget
Xara Web Designer – easy to use Web page generator – EXTjs Accordion, Panel, Tabs widgets
More dual reviews will continue over the Fall and Winter. If you have a favorite Framework or widget you wanted tested – just email me.
Summary to date
However, all of the frameworks are developer fragile. This means if you have any containing DIV [or sometimes any HTML tag] wrong/unbalanced then the frameworks can spout out some pretty bizarre error messages- often nowhere near the bug. Also one of the frameworks appears to work well and then not at all with Firebug, the Mozilla Firefox debugger extraordinaire.
By loading fragile, I mean that the load times for some of the more complex Web pages appears to take 8-15 seconds or more. There appears to be a trade-off [see for example the Xara Web Designer review]. It appears that the more you condense a web page down to one screen in size using sliding panels, tabs, and accordions, the slower the apparent load time. This is because many frameworks don’t fire up until DOMReady is signaled – which is after all of the page and resources are loaded. Second, on ordinary pages that require large amounts of scrolling, you often don’t see that some of the images and other resources are still loading 7-20 seconds after you have started to read the opening parts.