Hello jQuery! Be Gentle.
That is until 2 nights ago. I spent 5 hours trying to implement a simple AJAX request with a ColdFusion CFC and nothing was happening. There was no feedback at all. No error responses. No transport responses. Nothing! I tried using FireBug, a great little FireFox extension, to try to determine what was going on. I traced through all the calls, and I could not find any problems or errors in the code.
At first, I thought it was my CFC, so I wasted a lot of time rewriting it, changing it, tweaking it, poking it, I did everything I could think of. I couldn't figure out what was going on. It seemed to be working fine. So I turned my attention to Prototype. I would think, if there was a problem, it would report it. Some kind of error or console message, but I wasn't seeing anything. So on a whim, I decided to try jQuery instead. Low and behold, it worked perfectly the first time I tried it.
Now, I'm not sure what was going on with Prototype, but to waste that much of my time kind of pissed me off. So I have now officially sworn of using it for any future projects.
I would be curious to hear back from you guys on your experience using various frameworks out there. Do you prefer one over the other, and if so why?