Friday, July 13, 2007

How to write a Google Gadget

has written a nice introduction on the Google Gadget API and how to write a gadget, targeted at developers who already know Ajax. To define gadgets, the author writes:

  • The gadget is an XML file sitting on your server. In my case, It will get cached, so effectively it must be a static file.
  • The user adds your gadget to their igoogle portal, or codes it into their own website, by specifying this URL (it may be done indirectly - via the gadget registry. You'll appear in the registry if you've submitted your gadget to igoogle.)
  • The gadget is rendered as an iframe, so you have all the usual security constraints which stop you borking the portal and other gadgets. This also means you can't communicate with other Gadgets other than via than remote calls to a common third-party server (or has anyone tried hooking them together using the iframe-fragment identifier hack? )

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