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Topic: Widgets

Make long URLs short with tr.im.it

November 1, 2008, 12:34 pm

The best Dashboard widgets scratch an itch. I’m a big fan of tr.im for URL shortening, but even their excellent bookmarklet wasn’t quite convenient enough for me. Lucky for me that a) tr.im publish a public API, and b) I know how to build widgets.

Using Coda’s Terminal Tab Locally

August 22, 2008, 8:22 am

This might be pretty obvious, but it’s really simple to use Coda’s Terminal tab to interact with your local system from the command line. Here’s how…

Widget JavaScript, the Un-series: Part 0 (Namespacing and the Module Pattern)

May 13, 2008, 3:45 pm

I’m not big on series of blog posts. Others have done it successfully, but personally I’ve promised this kind of thing before and not delivered. So, I’m not making any promises that this series will get past Part 0, but please know I have the best of intentions. If all goes as hoped, over the next however-many posts I will provide a few useful JavaScript code snippets that Dashboard widget authors can take and easily adapt to their own needs. This is based on my experience authoring nearly 20 widgets over the last 3 years. As you can imagine, some patterns have emerged. In this pre-series post, I will discuss a couple of concepts important to understanding my examples (you know, if I get around to posting them): namespacing and the module pattern.

New version of PHPfr in the works

March 30, 2008, 12:34 pm

There’ve been a couple of false starts over the 2 years that I’ve been developing this Dashboard widget, so excuse me if I didn’t want to say anything until I knew a release was close, but PHP Function Reference 1.0 is nearly done. w00+!

Sundial 1.1

October 16, 2006, 10:16 am

Sundial 1.1 is now available for download. This version adds support for several new languages, fixes a couple of minor bugs, and adds a few tweaks to the user interface. Enjoy!

Google Code Search: Dang

October 6, 2006, 10:06 am

Google Labs has done it again. The company that made it OK to use AJAX now lets programmers search the source code of jillions (that’s a technical term) of software projects. OK, so this probably isn’t news to developers out there, but the reason I’m excited about it is a little more personal.

Announcing Sundial

September 12, 2006, 9:12 am

Sundial is a widget for Mac OS X that makes Basecamp time tracking as simple as click, click, type, type, click. Click: Select a project. Click: Select a to-do item (optional). Type: Enter a description. Type: Enter the number of hours. Click: Save your time to Basecamp.