Monday, July 25th, 2005

Konfabulator 2.1: Ajax additions

Category: Utility

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Konfabulator has been purchased by Yahoo!, and the platform is to be known as Yahoo! Widgets.

What is Konfabulator?

Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your WiFi signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.

Version 2.1 adds Ajax support a la:

  • Cookies are disabled. Prior versions of Konfabulator had
    automatic cookie handling on Windows. This has been turned off for
    security reasons. To continue to allow Widget authors to use cookies,
    two functions have been added to URL: setRequestHeader and
    getResponseHeaders.
  • Asynchronous URL fetching. It is now possible to fetch URL
    data off the web. You can use a new fetchAsync() call which will return
    immediately and allow your Widget to continue to do other things while
    the request is sent. When the response arrives, a function you specify
    is called with the result. You can also cancel a request that is
    running by calling URL.cancel(). The URL.result property has been added
    to retrieve the data once the request is received.
  • Multipart POST support. You can now add files to a POST request using the new URL.addPostFiles function.
  • URL.clear(). You can clear a URL for reuse with this function.

If you purchased Konfabulator 2.0 or higher you will get a refund… and for those who haven’t tried it, grab it for free!

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