Ramblings

January 3, 2007

SpringWidgets : Developers

Filed under: dev, flash, marketing, web20, widgets — michaelangela @ 7:55 am

‘nuf said. But it looks like it’s more for eye candy than fully functional widgets. I’m not sure if hitting APIs and linking to other sites is something that would be allowed…. And this is run by Fox Interactive Media.

SpringWidgets : Developers:

Do you have the next coolest thing to hit the desktop? Enlighten us. More importantly, enlighten the world. Through SpringWidgets, you can show off your talent to millions of users, share ideas with other developers, and be a building block in the playground of greatness. All the tools that you need to get started are here.

January 2, 2007

Top JavaScript and AJAX Libraries

Filed under: ajax, web20, widgets — michaelangela @ 8:46 am

I wouldn’t say it’s all the libraries needed, but it is a good list with some extras I hadn’t seen before.

Top JavaScript and AJAX Libraries:

On this page you’ll find all the JavaScript and AJAX libraries you need for your website and web application development, ranging from single-purpose scripts and script depositories to entire JavaScript application frameworks.

The Top JavaScript and AJAX Libraries list is compiled, rated and maintained by JavaScriptDeveloper.com.

In evaluating the libraries the following properties are take into account: the ease-of-use, documentation, suitability to the task, cross-browser compatibility, demos and examples, flexibility and extensibility.

Small libraries that are perfect for the task in one category are rated better than large libraries that do an average job in multiple categories. Likewise, there are many libraries that simplify AJAX development – but without offering additional benefits they cannot be awarded the top rating.

December 30, 2006

SonSpring | jQuery Portlets

Filed under: ajax, widgets — michaelangela @ 10:16 am

Portlets. The demo is sweet. Several panels on a page, drag and drop… a sort of instant PageFlakes. Nice demo indeed.

SonSpring | jQuery Portlets:

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this whole crazy notion about Ajax (it’s not an acronym), JavaScript and Web Standards is more than just a fad. In fact, I dare say that it is here to stay. Yes sir-ee, these Intarwebs are alive with so many flashy widgets, you’d swear we are in the 1990’s all over again. Recently, the man himself – Zeldman had this to say about it.

Web 1.0: Pointless Flash widgets.
Web 2.0: Pointless “Ajax” widgets.

Not to be left behind, I have found myself using JavaScript more and more in the workplace. Without wanting to spark a debate over which JavaScript framework / toolkit is superior, I just wanted to say that jQuery is very cool and well worth checking out. Much like I did with my pointless moo.fx iMac, I have put together a little demo showing off some of jQuery’s native features. Initially, I was going to title this post “jQuery for Designers,” but then I realized that has already been done before, twice.

2007 Predictions, Round Two – Mashable!

Filed under: ajax, entrepreneur, widgets — michaelangela @ 10:06 am

More fun 2007 predictions: widgets – mobile data – social media marketing

2007 Predictions, Round Two – Mashable!:

The predictions for 2007 just keep on coming today, with our blog tag game still bouncing around the blogosphere. Some ideas seem to be coming up repeatedly – widgets, the mobile web, social media marketing – while others are more diverse. A round up of the latest insights…

December 29, 2006

Widgetbox : Directory of web widgets for WordPress, TypePad, MySpace and other blogs and web pages

Filed under: widgets — michaelangela @ 3:07 pm

How long has the widgetsphere been a word? Up and coming for sure. The other new term for the day is the “widget economy”… but data portability is going to be big for sure.

Widgetbox : Directory of web widgets for WordPress, TypePad, MySpace and other blogs and web pages:

Widgetbox is an online directory of web widgets for blogs and other web pages. Our widgets work with TypePad, WordPress, Blogger, MySpace as well as most other blogs, sidebars or websites. No plug-ins are needed, and they’re free!

Widget Labs

Filed under: widgets — michaelangela @ 2:39 pm

It’s all about widgets and the new “widget economy”

Widget Labs

We cover everything widgets and here are the categories

WidSets Beta

Filed under: widgets — michaelangela @ 2:38 pm

This looks promising as well. The world of widgets and mobiles colliding. The barrier to entry seems rediculously low…

WidSets Beta:

If you have some time and patience on your hands and know a thing or two about web development, then you have the possibility to hack a widget for your own blog or website. Download the far-from-ready BETA stage dev kit and documentation and get busy. Before you know it, the mobile world will have access to your site.

Widgets & Web Services

Filed under: web20, widgets — michaelangela @ 2:38 pm

Good starter info on hooking up with mobile widget platforms.

Widgets & Web Services:

Mobile Widgets will certainly be among the hot topics of the coming months, with companies such as Mobidgets, Nokia Widsets and Bluepulse developing nice widget platforms.

2007 Web Predictions

Filed under: business development, marketing, web20, widgets — michaelangela @ 9:31 am

This is a paraphrase for reference. Visit their site for the goods.

2007 Web Predictions (readwriteweb):

In our previous post we reviewed the Web trends of 2006, noting trends such as the hyper-growth of social networks, the push of RSS into the mainstream, consumerization of the enterprise, and the continued rise of the read/write Web.

In this post we look forward to 2007 and ruminate on what trends will be important over the coming year:

RSS, Structured Data

RSS will go mainstream in a big way next year
– Related to the above, structured data will be a big trend next year
Widgets exploded in 2006 but will continue rising in 2007

Enterprise

Web Office continues to ramp up.
– The consumerization of the enterprise trend will start to infiltrate corporate IT

Web Development

Rich Internet Apps will be a major force in 2007
– On the other hand, Google in particular will continue to push the boundaries of browser-based apps.
Semantic Web products will come of age in 2007.
Amazon Web Services were a surprise hit in 2006 – and expect more big things from Amazon next year

Search and Online Advertising

– Expect some shakeups in the online advertising market next year.
– Also due to ongoing issues with (CPC/PPC) online advertising, there’s a real need for a better, more robust online ad model
– 2007 will be about Search 2.0 and the rise of the vertical search engines.

Microsoft vs Google

Microsoft’s Windows Live services will gain real momentum next year
WebOS /GoogleOS: To counter the Vista and Windows Live threat, Google may come out with some form of GoogleOS.
– In line with this, Open Source Desktops will continue to gain momentum in ’07.

Browsers

Browser War II. In 2007 expect the competition between IE7 and FireFox (plus Flock, Opera and Maxthon) to be intense.
– Speaking of browsers, 2007 will see an increase in WebKits.

Multimedia

Internet-based TV will ramp up in 2007
– Mass adoption of IPTV technology in 2007 and Bittorrent will be an important part of the online video landscape too.
P2P: With Azureus and BitTorrent, P2P got approximately $30M funding for 2007
Virtual worlds: SecondLife will become an important platform for marketing, promotion, and of course social networking
Virtual Money: Paypal showed the way, and we’re seeing more of it now – SecondLife LindeX, Microsoft points etc.

Consumer Apps

– The online real estate market will grow rapidly in ’07.
– The search for disruptive business models will continue! 🙂 In other words, free consumer web apps still need to find a business model.
– While social networks dominated 2006, we wonder if the amount of time an average user spends online will start to negatively impact on their social lives in 2007 and lead to a downturn.

International Web

International Web will finally start to get its due in mainstream media
OLPC: One Laptop Per Child will create good buzz and may increase the adoption of thin-client like computers
Broadband continues to grow

Mobile

VoIP space will really hot up
Mobile Web may be the big story of 2007
– Mobile will be a bigger development and advertising platform in ’07
– Also watch for an emerging Webphone market

Summary

Whew! There are a lot of predictions in this post, but of course we’ve probably just scratched the surface. We’d love to hear your own Web predictions for 2007. What have we missed? Please leave a comment and/or participate in our poll.

EContentMag.com: Six Apart Launches Open Widget Platform

Filed under: widgets — michaelangela @ 6:54 am

Just how many major widget platforms are there right now?

EContentMag.com: Six Apart Launches Open Widget Platform:

Six Apart, a provider of blogging software and services for individuals and businesses, has launched a new, open widget initiative to expand choice and functionality for TypePad subscribers and readers. Thirty-three widgets are ready that put new interactive features into blogs, such as job searching, game playing, weather tracking, and photo sharing.

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