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Creating a Widget in Dashcode

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  • Copyright 2008
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-55298-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-55298-3

Since Apple released Mac OS X Tiger, Dashboard widgets have been a way for users to quickly and easily access hundreds of mini-applications with the touch of a key.  While accessing Dashboard widgets was easy in Tiger, writing them wasn’t so simple even though widgets are really just collections of HTML, CSS, and Javascript.  With Leopard, however, Apple has made building your own custom widgets almost as easy as using Dashboard.  You can even create widgets directly from content on a web page with just a handful of clicks.

The real power for anyone interested in building widgets, however, is the new Dashcode development tool.  Dashcode places all the components and processes for writing and testing widgets into a streamlined and easy to understand application.  Dashcode comes complete with checklists and templates to get you started.  Creating a Widget in Dashcode introduces you to the Dashcode environment and walks you through every step in creating your own widgets be they as simple as a daily photo widget or something on a much grander scale.

This digital Short Cut covers:

  • Introduction to Dashboard
  • Creating Widgets From Safari Using Web Clip
  • Installing Dashcode
  • Quick and Easy Widgets Using Templates
  • Working with Files and Source Code
  • Testing/Debugging Your Widgets
  • Packaging the Final Product
  • Apple Javascript Reference


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