Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode by William Murray, Chris Pappas

By William Murray, Chris Pappas

This ebook will offer some of the improvement basics it is important to be
an lively widget fashion designer and author. yet, this e-book is barely the start of
what you are able to do with Dashcode! It’s all within the notice: Dashcode. sprint for fast
and code for what's being written. Dashcode, quick code.

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The front face of the Hello World widget project currently contains some descriptive text in a default font with a default size and color. This is a prime candidate for making changes, and we’ll use the text box for our example in this section. First, place the mouse pointer over the text box in the Dashcode design palette. Click to select the text box, and you will see a narrow blue outline around the text box. Then click the Inspector icon at the top of the Dashcode design palette, and a custom attribute window unique to the Text Box part will pop up.

The initial Dashcode design screen 28 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode The initial default Dashcode screen allows you to select a design template from a group of ten or more candidates. From this group, the Custom Template is the default. Let’s select the Custom Template for our initial widget. Notice that the description immediately below the template selection window describes what this template will do for your widget creation process. Dashcode provides the following information: This template provides a blank widget, ready for customizing.

Now, before starting, we have some homework for you. In order to take full advantage of the templates we are about to discuss, you’ll need access to some external information and a couple of RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it is a mechanism used by a number of widget templates to update information such as weather, news, sports, and so on. If you don’t have a free Google account, now is the time to sign up. com to do so. We’re going to use the Google Maps API when we experiment with the Dashcode Maps Template.

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