writing a .net activex control for your sidebar gadget..

HTML is quite easy for people to get started with, pretty broadly known, light weight, rich enough (if you work hard at it or have nice graphics), etc.. so there is a good set of reasons why the sidebar folks chose HTML as the presentation technology  [ I am guessign here] However, there are some…

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Using Atlas to make webservices calls from sidebar gadget..

Last post we did a REST call using XmlHttp from a sidebar gadget… but let’s admit it, we were all doing xmlhttp calls in 2000 and we were ‘geeks’… it was not until 2005? that this exact same code became “cool” because it was called AJAX …  So here is the ticket to get you…

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Making REST calls and using state (aka cookies) from a sidebar gadget…

This will walk you through how to make REST (GET,POST) calls from a sidebar gadget using XmlHttp.. ( 20 mins or less, if you have asp .net) There are plenty of samples on the web for using XmlHttp, so will go quick and we will touch in a few of the ‘more intricate’ scenarios people…

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The basic wiring for a vista sidebar gadget..

[This should be read as a supplement to gadget development verview ].  Writing a gadget is quite easy.. It is just HTML and a little bit of wiring up notifications for docking + undocking, visibility, etc.  I am hoping this post and helps you have a gadget with flyouts, notification for docking/undocking,  saving settings, etc. in less than 20 mins…..

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