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A brief introduction to widges

A brief introduction to widges

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    Widgets Widgets Presentation Transcript

    • Widgets What are they?
    • Widgets, A definition…
      • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Examples
      • 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
    • 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.
    • Questions?