Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

OpenAjax Metadata 1.0 and the Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser

Category: Adobe, Widgets

Widgets. Metadata. Tools. There were a couple of announcements around this recently. Part One: OpenAjax Metadata Jon Ferraiolo of IBM has worked hard with the OpenAjax companies to produce the OpenAjax Metaedata format. Here is Jon talking about the work: OpenAjax Metadata (OAM) defines a set of industry-standard metadata for Ajax widgets and Ajax APIs Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:11 am

3 rating from 6 votes

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

An Introduction to W3C Widgets

Category: W3C, Widgets

The king of browser compatibility tables, ppk, recently posted an introduction to W3C Widgets: The time has come to talk about the W3C Widgets part of my job. Exactly what is a widget, how do you create one, why would you want to, and which systems support them? Personally I firmly believe that widgets are Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:59 am
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4.1 rating from 25 votes

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

JSLint Multi: Continously monitor multiple JavaScript files

Category: JavaScript, Utility, Widgets, Yahoo!

Michael Schøler and Jakob Kruse have created JSLint Multi a widget that acts as a continous linter for the Yahoo! Widgets platform: JSLint Multi uses Douglas Crockford’s excellent JSLint tool to check your Javascript files for potential problems. Drag a folder unto JSLint Multi, and it will give you an overview of the JSLint status Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:19 am

4.1 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

iWidgets Public Beta: Impressive Widget Builder

Category: Examples, jQuery, Social Networks, Widgets

Joining with the Web 2.0 “go-meta” business model that’s so popular these days, iWidgets provides a service that lets you build widgets once and deploy them to various popular widget APIs and platforms. At the heart of iWidgets is a “PowerPoint-like” widget builder that takes strong design cues from Yahoo! Pipes, but as Peter Yared Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am

4.2 rating from 46 votes

Friday, June 13th, 2008

PodiPodi: Enso / Quicksilver for the Web

Category: Widgets

carlo from the PodiPodi team pointed us to their work: an embeddable keyboard-driven interface inspired by Humanized Enso (which comes close to bringing Quicksilver to Windows). Their playground shows the jQuery-powered tool in action. Dion and I are big fans of Quicksilver; I would love to see this catch on and be embedded all over Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am

3.5 rating from 30 votes

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Dojo rating widget with dojo.gfx

Category: Dojo, Widgets

Tobias von Klipstein has created a Dojo rating component that uses dojo.gfx: This example should demonstrate a case, where geometric forms can be combined with other widgets and how simple it is to achieve a widget using vector graphics. dojox.gfx was a great help, because it prints the appropriate vector format for you (svg/vml/canvas) and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:44 am

3.3 rating from 12 votes

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Dangers of Remote Scripting

Category: Security, Widgets

O’Reilly Radar comments on the dangers of remote scripting: We at O’Reilly just got bit on perl.com, which redirected to a porn site courtesy a piece of remotely-included Javascript. One of our advertisers was using an ads system that required our pages to load Javascript from their site. It only took three things to turn Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:02 am

3.6 rating from 32 votes

Monday, December 17th, 2007

WireIt: Yahoo! Pipes Canvas Wiring API

Category: Canvas, JavaScript, Library, UI, Widgets, Yahoo!

Eric Abouaf has released WireIt, a library that answers the though: “wow, I wish there was an API that did the UI bits that Yahoo! Pipes does.” WireIt uses canvas, excanvas for IE, and YUI to get the job done. Take a look at the docs to see how it works. Here is the code Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am
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3.8 rating from 41 votes

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Widgets and Gadgets

Category: Google, Widgets, Yahoo!

We have had a couple of interesting announcements in the worlds of Widgadgets. First, Yahoo! launched a new version of the Widget platform: Yahoo! Widgets 4.5, and second, Google Gadgets have gone across another platform, with new support for the Mac and Dashboard. Yahoo! Widgets 4.5 What’s New for Widget developers: Yahoo! Widgets 4.5 now Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:00 pm

2.6 rating from 21 votes

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

GWT Wrapper for Rialto

Category: Framework, GWT, Widgets

Supplementing GWT’s basic set of widgets with wrappers around those of existing widget frameworks has become a bit of a cottage industry. There are wrappers for Scriptaculous, JsGraphics, TinyMCE (see the GWT Widget Library for these), Ext Js and many more. Now add Rialto to that list. (For a demo of the Rialto widgets, such Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 1:10 pm

3.8 rating from 33 votes

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

How to write a Google Gadget

Category: Google, JavaScript, Programming, Widgets

I’ve written some notes on the Google Gadget API and how to write a gadget, targeted at developers who already know Ajax. What’s a Gadget? The gadget is an XML file sitting on your server. In my case, http://ajaxify.com/run/widgets/google/diggroundup.xml. It will get cached, so effectively it must be a static file. The user adds your Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 8:13 am

4.3 rating from 26 votes

Friday, February 16th, 2007

W3C Widgets 1.0 Requirements

Category: Standards, W3C, Widgets

Marcos Caceres is the editor of the Widgets 1.0 Requirements from the W3C (mentioned previously). Following the publication of the W3C Widgets 1.0 standard the W3C’s WAF working group has republished a requirements document for Widgets 1.0. The new document attempts to embrace the movement towards making widget engines available on mobile devices and the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:13 am

3.8 rating from 34 votes

Friday, November 10th, 2006

W3C Widgets 1.0 Working Draft

Category: Standards, W3C, Widgets

Arve Bersvendsen of Opera let us know about the new working draft from the W3C: Widgets 1.0. Everyone and their mother have created their own widget specifications, and now as a developer you need to make choices. Do you want it to work on Dashboard? Google? MSN? Yahoo!? If the big hitters supported this widget Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:40 am

4.3 rating from 29 votes