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Beginning Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard Widget Developmentby Fred Terry
Synopses & Reviews
The featured examples will help you gain an understanding of the elements and construction of Dashboard widgets, while many chapters end with a set of exercises that reinforce what you've learned. You'll quickly find all the information you need to begin developing and sharing widgets.
What you will learn from this book
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to create Dashboard widgets or modify existing ones. A basic understanding of a scripting or programming language is beneficial.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
About the Author
Fred Terry has been involved in the computer industry since making a left-hand turn into it from Ph.D. work in medieval languages and literature. He has written a number of software manuals and articles and has worked as a systems and network administrator, web developer, programmer, and quality assurance engineer. In addition to his ongoing love affairs with AppleScript and Perl, his current programming infatuations are Ruby and Ajax. Currently, Fred is a project manager for the Information Management Group at Burns & McDonnell. He has a B.A. in English from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an M.A. in English from Oklahoma State University. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his family and dog. Fred can be contacted at email@example.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: An Introduction to Widgets.
Chapter 1: Tiger, Dashboard, and Widgets.
Chapter 2: The Basics of Widgetry.
Chapter 3: Widget Development Environment.
Chapter 4: Creating a Widget.
Chapter 5: Debugging and Testing.
Part II: Providing User Interaction.
Chapter 6: Giving a Widget Preferences.
Chapter 7: Widget Events.
Chapter 8: Adding to the Widget Interface.
Chapter 9: Adding Cut, Copy, and Paste to Your Widget.
Chapter 10: Adding Drag and Drop to the Widget.
Chapter 11: Access Keys.
Chapter 12: Using Plugins and Applets.
Part III: Example Widgets.
Chapter 13: Easy Envelopes.
Chapter 14: SecureCopy Widget.
Chapter 15: Amazon Album Art.
Chapter 16: Timbuktu Quick Connect.
Chapter 17: iPhoto Mini.
Chapter 19: More Widgets.
Appendix A: Answers to Exercises.
Appendix B: Additional Dashboard Programming Information.
Appendix C: Widget Distribution.
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