Introduction to Dashcode User Guide 7. Who Should Read This Document? 7. Organization of This Document 7. See Also 8. Chapter 1. Creating a Widget with . Will help any new user get better at dashcode. One of the final tips and tricks I would like to share with you is the Apple Dashcode guide. I will use the same terminology as used in the Dashcode User Guide (the help documentation included in the Dashcode module – search on any help topic.

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I have learnt lots of little tricks and tips that I want to share with you. Developing a widget for the Dashboard can range from the very simple to the very hard. If you use the pre-built templates you can dashcide a new widget up and running in a couple of seconds.

You can then advance your skills to make it more accustomed to your site. You can then take it even further adding in more features. The more features you add, the more complex your widget becomes and the hard it is to code, but the better the result.

I am by know means a good widget coder. But theses tips are designed to help a new user make their widget that bit more unique. The first tip I recommend for any one developing widgets is to use an external editor to build you widget design.

The reason for this is that you can get all your elements on the page methodically and in a simple to read manner. As a first tip build your widget in another program, such as TextMate, and then import your code.

Widgets are small webpages, which guie in their own little space.

All of the various commands are executed in javascript. As a result if you know Javascript your life will go a hell of a lot easier. If you learn how javascript works and is used before you go into building widgets your life will go a hell of a lot easier.

When running your widget and debugging the code you may want to place messages in your run console. For example you could put in values, messages can be pretty much anything your want.

This is done using the following code. You can put these anywhere you want. If you want to add extra functionality to your widget you can add in preferences. These preferences mean that when a user closes a widget or restarts Dashboard the same settings can be initialized when it starts up again.

There is two pieces of code you can run. To set a preference use the following code. The key is the name of the preference value you want to save. It can be any name you want. Value is the value that you want to save. This can be a variable or just a piece of text.


Dxshcode final line at the bottom is the code to save the prefence value. To grab the preference value from the file you can use the following code. Preferences can be used for anything you want. If you want to make your widget more dynamic and re-sizable you can use a small bit of code gujde re-size the widget. You can then attach this to any function you want. There are two ways. The very quick method, cheap and simple. Or the more complex method which uses more code but looks a lot better.

The quick method uses the following code. Change the x and y values to the size you want to change. As well as this it rashcode not animated.

For uer better animation you can use the following. This swaps the first image with the second image. You do need two images but the gradual swap between the two images looks a lot better. The first image will fade out and the second image will fade in. You may need to combine it with the next step to guode any erroneous elements.

You can change elements properties easily using a couple of Javascript commands. For example if you want to changes a divs css properties you can use the usef code. You can change the properties at the end of the string to any valid CSS property. You can add the following code inside a function.

This piece of HTML is very useful to link with the preference value as mentioned previously. For example you can use the following. You do need to add the preference code previously for that piece of code to work. By using the innerHTML option you can set any text inside the div element.

Guiide final option is to change the extra options. For example the values on a slider. This piece of code is useful if you want to dynamically change various elements properties.

For example a slides value. You can use a variable or a piece of text in the last part of the string. The first section is the element you want to change, in this case I want to change the value for a slider. The second half is the value you want to use.

Again I have used a preference value which is stored in the preferences file. If you have people using your widget you may want people to get the latest version of your widget so they have the latest version. Dashhcode best method I have found for doing this is using WidgetShows technique. It does take a little bit of fiddling to get right.

As well as this on Firefox the text is cut off a bit so you may have to look at the source to fully see the explanations. It is a good idea for a developer to take a look at how other people have achieve a certain functions.

Since widget code resources is pretty limited taking a peek at how other people have done certain tasks is very useful. One of the best resources of finding out code and certain elements is to use the library built into Dashcode.


This is located in the top left of the toolbar. It contains lots of snippets of code. For example I found the preference and the animation code from this library. Have a look through the lists and see if there is anything interesting to use. You used be surprised in what you find.

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A really good post about localization is over at Clear Wired. Its a good post. I am going to localize my widget so I can please as many people as possible. One of the final tips and tricks I would dashcore to share with you is the Apple Dashcode guide. This guide is very thin on details and could be doing with being about a hundred times longer, but for a new user like myself and possibly experienced users it does off a couple of tips.

Not really a tip or a trick. It adds in a lot of erroneous code and really does end up being more of a hindrance.

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It does have good testing tools, but if you are trying to layout the elements it can get annoying. If you do get good at widget development I would recommend you not use Dashcode. But if you do get good at widget development you probably know more than me any way.

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