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MooTools – It’s Worth It!

In my attempt to use MooTools on new projects with other developers, share MooTools with other developers, or just releasing a MooTools class; I’ve come across the same complaints about this incredible framework.

MooTools Complaints

Poor Documentation

While its true MooTools is poorly documented compared to other frameworks it is still worth learning and with people like Aaron Newton or David Walsh. The information to learn it is there its just not necessarily on the MooTools site.

Poor Demos

Not much I can say about this but the demo library on was narrow at best. Hopefully they plan to improve this officially in the future. For now though the web community is really pitching in.

No Official Plugin Library

MooTools admits this is a lacking feature in the community of the framework and is setting out to release the Forge with MooTools 2

The Learning Curve

It’s true MooTools is a bit tougher to learn then jQuery but you will be a better programmer for it. It is a very robust framework with a huge potential and plenty of power as it is now.

Backwards Compatibility

A bunch of developers I had converted to MooTools was during 1.11. And when MooTools release 1.2. It broke a lot of their code even things they had copied straight from the MooTools demos. MooTools has learned from this mistake and has promised all future releases will be backwards compatible.

No UI Library

I’ve never really been to hurt about this myself as I feel things like jQuery’s UI library are complete overkill when all you need is progress bar. Either way MooTools is developing a UI library called MooTools ART


This is a large misconception. I’ve been hard pressed to find a plugin that someone hasn’t written or translated to MooTools.

The Point

The point of this is not to trash MooTools but to let people know the MooTools team is hard at work fixing a lot of these complaints. I’ve seen jQuery gaining serious ground since its release for its community and small learning curve. I’m a huge fan of MooTools and its object oriented approach. I wanted to clear things up on what MooTools is doing about them. Learn MooTools. It’s an incredible framework.

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thank you for your honest opinion about MooTools. On behalf of the MooTools team I can say that we take this very seriously and we know about all these shortcomings. We are currently implementing a new structure for the MooTools project and we will deal with everything you mentioned in the near future. Please note that our ressources are very limited, so if you have time to contribute feel free to do so. Any help is appreciated. To stick to the topic: stay with us – It’s Worth It! 😉 Everything regarding MooTools is going to become (more) awesome soon.

Hey Chris, Thanks for the reply. Good to hear MooTools is improving. As far as trying to contribute. What can I do? I’ve been releasing plugins and promoting the framework but I’ve not done much contribution to the framework itself. Any suggestions?


Getting involved is pretty easy (if you have the time). You can hop on lighthouse and fix bugs. Pull the code from github and add features; make docs more clear, etc, etc.

Blogging about MooTools and how you use it is awesome and you should continue doing it. If you want to get involved in the official project though, you just need to start. The easiest way to do that is to pull the code and start working on it. There’s no shortage of bugs…

MooTools aren’t that much harder than jQuery, and are way more javascripty.

jQuery docs are not very good either. Yes, there are many tutorials available on the net, but most of them focus on cheesy GUI effects, so they are effectively useless.

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