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Wid­get Development

08 Sep 2009

Tagged with Miscellaneous

A quick overview of script­ing tools, meth­ods and widget/gadget deliv­ery platforms

Google Gad­gets

Devel­op­ment Technologies:

HTML, XML, CSS, Javascript

Devel­op­ment Plat­form / Language:

Any with dif­fer­ent toolkits

Tar­get:

iGoogle plat­form

Com­plex­ity Level:

Var­ied, entry level medium.

Libraries / API / Tools

Com­pre­hen­sive

Deliv­ery Mechanism

On OpenSo­cial con­tain­ers that sup­port gad­gets, such as orkut and the iGoogle sandbox.

In appli­ca­tions that sup­port gad­gets, such as Google Sites.

The Google Con­tent Direc­tory. Sub­mit­ting your gad­get to the con­tent direc­tory makes it avail­able to a wider audience.

Sup­port Groups

Yes

iPhone

Devel­op­ment Technologies:

1) HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript

2) Objec­tive C

Devel­op­ment Plat­form / Language:

Mac – Dash­code (1)

Any Edi­tor (1)

Mac XCode (2)

Tar­get:

Any Webkit based browser (1)

iPhone (2)

Com­plex­ity Level:

Medium (1)

High (2)

Libraries / API / Tools

Com­pre­hen­sive

Deliv­ery Mechanism

Any web site (1)

Mac App­store (2)

Sup­port Groups

Yes

Win­dows Gad­get Platform

Devel­op­ment Technologies:

HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript

Devel­op­ment Plat­form / Lan­guage / Language:

Any edi­tor

Visual Stu­dio

Tar­get:

Win­dows Side­bar Vista, Win­dows 7

Com­plex­ity Level:

Medium

Libraries / API / Tools

Yes

Deliv­ery Mechanism

Does not look like cen­tralised or man­aged dis­tri­b­u­tion but avail­able to indi­vid­ual users to download

Sup­port Groups

Yes

Opera Wid­gets

Devel­op­ment Technologies:

HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript

Devel­op­ment Plat­form / Language:

Any edi­tor

Tar­get:

Opera Browser

Opera Mobile devices

S60 (Sym­bian) Devices

Com­plex­ity Level:

Medium upwards

Libraries / API / Tools

Yes + SDK for spe­cialised areas.

Deliv­ery Mechanism

opera wid­gets web site

Sup­port Groups

yes

Fire­fox Addins / Addons

### Devel­op­ment Technologies:

JavaScript, XUL (Zool)

Devel­op­ment Plat­form / Language:

Any Edi­tor

Tar­get:

Fire­fox Browser

Com­plex­ity Level:

Medium to high

Libraries / API / Tools

Yes, lots

Deliv­ery Mechanism

Fire­fox addon store

Sup­port Groups

Yes

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