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Information about Widgets

Published on March 9, 2009

Author: guest2d3bc

Source: slideshare.net

Description

A brief introduction to widges

Widgets What are they?

Widgets, A definition… Something you find in your beer? Not in this context

Something you find in your beer?

Not in this context

Widgets, A definition… A widget in this context refers to: A portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation

A widget in this context refers to:

A portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation

Widgets, A definition…Cont. A widget is anything that can be embedded within a page of HTML, i.e. a web page. A widget adds some content to that page that is not static. Generally widgets are third party originated however they can be home made On the whole: Widgets enrich your desktop or web pages with functionality, useful information and a bit of fun without the need for any technical expertise.

A widget is anything that can be embedded within a page of HTML, i.e. a web page.

A widget adds some content to that page that is not static.

Generally widgets are third party originated however they can be home made

What forms do they take? Online games Applications- Clocks Music players Event countdowns Auction-tickers Stock market tickers. Flight arrival information Daily weather They can take the form of any accessory, application or information service! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRAmQ_m2asg

Online games

Applications-

Clocks

Music players

Event countdowns

Auction-tickers

Stock market tickers.

Flight arrival information

Daily weather

Examples http://www.widgipedia.com/widgets/gallery/ http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/simpsomaker

http://www.widgipedia.com/widgets/gallery/

http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/simpsomaker

What are the business uses? Widgets can add personalised functionality to websites/blogs/personal pages Widgets provide a platform which can virally spread, which means that within a short time they can appear on many websites. As a result widgets provide a great platform for advertisements

Widgets can add personalised functionality to websites/blogs/personal pages

Widgets provide a platform which can virally spread, which means that within a short time they can appear on many websites.

As a result widgets provide a great platform for advertisements

What are their limitations? Highly technical to build: To personally build a DHTML widget, you will need HTML, CSS and JavaScript knowledge. To build a Flash widget you will need to use a Flash authoring software To build a Java applet, you will need a Java compiler They can be used for malicious purposes: E.g. the Facebook “Secret Crush” widget, reported in early 2008 by Fortinet as luring users to install Zango adware.

Highly technical to build:

To personally build a DHTML widget, you will need HTML, CSS and JavaScript knowledge.

To build a Flash widget you will need to use a Flash authoring software

To build a Java applet, you will need a Java compiler

They can be used for malicious purposes:

E.g. the Facebook “Secret Crush” widget, reported in early 2008 by Fortinet as luring users to install Zango adware.

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