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Updated March 25, 2008, with the latest content from the official Prototype 22.214.171.124 documentation. This edition includes an introductory chapter describing the high-profile additions and changes since Prototype 1.5, including changes that are not backwards compatible.
Starting in January 2007, the Prototype team began publishing complete API documentation online, to the relief and joy of web developers everywhere.
As a guy who likes this kind of thing on paper, my only disappointment was that there was no PDF version. So I threw together a quick Perl script to download the content, convert it to docbook XML and turn it into a tidy PDF, complete with hyperlinked table of contents and the look and feel of a traditional technical manual.
With the permission of the Prototype team, I’m sharing it with you (see the license info below).
The PDF is designed for double-sided printing. If your printer doesn’t do that, or it just seems like too much work, please consider saving paper by printing two pages per sheet after printing the cover page. On Mac OSX, for example, you can do it like so:
If you prefer your documentation in your browser, the official Prototype site offers the complete Prototype API online.
Wolfgang Bartleme offers an OSX widget to search Prototype’s online documentation.
This PDF is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. This means that you can copy, redistribute or create your own derivative works from this PDF, provided that you do so with the same Creative Commons license and include the following attribution:
Copyright 2006-2008 Sam Stephenson.
<http://www.prototype.js.org>. Prototype was created by Sam Stephenson who released the framework as an open-source project in February 2005. Other members of the core development team are: Thomas Fuchs, Justin Palmer, Andrew Dupont, Dan Webb, Scott Raymond, Mislav Marohnić, Christophe Porteneuve, Tobie Langel and Seth Dillingham.
This PDF book version of the Prototype API reference was created by Josh Clark
<http://www.globalmoxie.com/>, but all content comes from the Prototype site and is the intellectual property of Sam Stephenson and the Prototype core team.
This PDF is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/>. This means that you can copy, redistribute or create your own derivative works from this PDF, provided that you do so with the same Creative Commons license and include the foregoing notice.