Mailbag Q & A II Answers
A few weeks back I asked that users submit questions for another mailbag post. I got some good questions so here we go.
When will you drop IE6 support?
This is a topic that's been buzzing around the internet quite a bit. I wont drop IE6 support until its market share is below 5% which will take at least another year. I think that the idea that all web developers should drop support at once so people upgrade is ludicrous. People aren't consciously choosing to stick with IE6 -- they simply don't know better. Some people don't care about the internet as much as us and we, as developers, have no right make things more difficult on them to make our jobs easier.
2009 will be a huge year for JS frameworks, Moo and jQuery specifically. I think they'll both see huge growth because more developers will strive to learn both frameworks. I also know that the MooTools project will improve in a number of ways beside just the robust framework code but I can't talk about it...yet. I've got a secret: MooTools is NOT dead.
How much time does it take to write a MooTools plugin?
A lot less time than you think. Testing generally takes more time than writing the code. Obviously the complexity of a plugin dictates how long it takes to write but if you made me put a time on the average plugin, I'd say 30 minutes to an hour. Some have taken 5 minutes and some have taken 3-4 hours of tweaking.
I know you pay a lot of attention to the MooTools project. How much attention do you pay to jQuery.
I bet more than you think. I follow @jquery and Lead Evangelist Rey Bango. It's important to know what's going on in jQuery because their moves may effect MooTools' moves and visa versa. I also get great inspiration from plugins hyped on @jquery. Remember, you shouldn't be choosing one framework over another -- you should learn one and then pick up the other.