Friday, January 19, 2007

Code Mash - Day 2 - Windows Gadgets

Drew gave an excellent overview of the power of Windows Gadgets (one of the cool new features of Vista). Developing them is pretty simple as you just use a little bit DHTML, graphics, and an XML file to tie it all together. I had thought that MS would have a Visual Studio template for building these but right now it's just notepad only (although I bet you could use Expressions to design them).

It's a pretty cool technology and fairly accessible but it's very much a 1.0 product in that there seem to be a lot of little quirks with developing them. Hopefully we'll see some better development and debugging tools as this could be a nice little niche for home programmers to work in, especially since it seems fairly easy to move between Windows Gadgets and Live.com gadgets.

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