Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode

By William Murray , Chris Pappas

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Widgets are simple, typically small applications for a specific purpose, such as a weather report, a calculator, a stock quote, and the like that reside on the Mac Dashboard. Building these before Dashcode was time consuming though not hard; but now, you can whip up a Widget fast. Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode teaches you how.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-0967-6
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2008
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • Print Book Price: $29.99
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In over 100 pages, you will learn to create and use widgets using Dashcode. Widgets are simple, typically small applications for a specific purpose, such as a weather report, a calculator, a stock quote, and the like that reside on the Mac Dashboard. Building these before Dashcode was time consuming though not hard; but now, you can whip up a Widget fast. Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode teaches you how.

  • Updated for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • The fast and easy way to learn to build Widgets. You’ll be building Widgets in an hour.
  • Dashcode makes widget development simple.

What you’ll learn

  • Basics of Dashcode development
  • Using templates
  • Using JavaScript for more complex Widgets
  • Including user input in your Widget
  • Using scripting with your Widget
  • Importing data into your Widget

Who this book is for

Anyone interested in taking a shot at doing widgets. Widgets are easy and are quite popular, so there are a lot of hackers interested in doing it. Widgets can be built for a user’s specific needs, and you don’t need to be a programmer to do it.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Widgets in a Hurry
  2. Widgets Without Worry: Using Dashcode
  3. Widget Templates: Thinking Out of the Box
  4. Super Widgets with a Little JavaScript
  5. Your Widgets: Over the Top
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