AJAX programming in Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets

I’ve been talking to a few customers about gadget programming recently.  I’ve also been doing some gadget programming myself to get ready for my webcast this month on the topic.  One of the first things people ask me about gadget programming, once they understand the fundamentals, is how to make network calls from a gadget.  The short answer, is XMLHTTP.  Yes, there are other approaches, but I suspect that XMLHTTP will be the most common one.  The good news is that the Microsoft AJAX Library and ASP.NET AJAX make XMLHTTP programming as easy as calling a Web Service from a managed language.  Steve Marx just posted a nice walkthrough of how to get it working.  I’ll be showing this as part of my Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar webcast on Feb 28th.  You can register for the webcast at http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325327&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

UPDATE: I guess it would be nice to actually have the link to Steve’s post:).  It is http://smarx.com/posts/ajax-enabled-vista-sidebar-gadgets.aspx.


Comments (2)

  1. alexde says:

    looks like gadgets have now some interrest 🙂

    check out my blog (in french sorry) about it, we’ve implement some cool things about that in France (just by looking at the live gallery) as using control toolkit in a gadgets 🙂

  2. Ivan Gasparetto says:

    I am using prototype and it is working fine. The gadget is browser based so, in theory, you could use any JS Framework.