Now, what would be really cool is if we could all just link to the library at say: http://lib.yahoo.com/yui.js or some equivalent. Wouldn’t that be something? Picture a handful of popular websites just using a common framework such as yui.js linking off Yahoo servers.
Not only would each of those popular websites be kept current with the yui library, but the users would benefit by caching the yui framework.
Sure, this assumes a huge amount of goodwill from Yahoo, as well as some ultimate trust put on the YUI developers not to introduce bugs and changes to the YUI API.
Which brings about a similar idea, is this something one could use Amazon EC2 for? Hosting a few of the most popular JS frameworks for all to leach off? Yes, yes, bandwidth costs would go through the roof if acceptance was high, but perhaps one could get some form of partnership, sponsorship or simply goodwill from a few big players. Just think, it has potential to save quite a lot of bandwidth so it’s conceivable some of the major web infrastructure organizations might have some incentive to back something like this.
A pipedream perhaps?