At the Forge - OpenSocial and Google Gadgets

Thinking about developing an OpenSocial application? First, you'll need to understand Google Gadgets.

Google Gadgets are small, self-contained mini-pages written in a combination of XML, HTML and JavaScript. They may be hosted by Google or on your own server, and to date, they primarily have been used for the personalized iGoogle service. However, Google Gadgets now form the foundation of OpenSocial, an open application standard used by social-networking sites other than Facebook. Next month, we will see how to convert our Google Gadget into an OpenSocial application.

Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database developer and consultant, is a PhD candidate in learning sciences at Northwestern University, studying on-line learning communities. He recently returned (with his wife and three children) to their home in Modi'in, Israel, after four years in the Chicago area.



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amol's picture

Thanks the article was really insightful