Designing the Core Gadget


In this chapter, I’ll introduce the fundamentals of gadget design and construction—principles that apply when creating a gadget for virtually any platform. Before you’re done, you’ll have a good grasp of best practices for desktop and mobile gadget development. This coverage is divided into four key areas:
  • Preliminary design decisions: What makes a good gadget and what pitfalls to avoid

  • User interface development: How to fit what you already know about web apps into the confines of a gadget

  • Coding considerations (and their rationales): Ajax, Java Script frameworks, plugins, and more

  • Branding and descriptive aspects: Title, description, icon, and screenshots


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