What is the Widget Generation Plug-in for IBM Mashup Center?
The Widget Generation Plug-in allows end users to create simple widgets in the same manner as that can create feeds. This trial technology preview allows users to easily create views of feeds they create without writing code. Users can customize widgets such as changing colors, size, feeds, and data feeds. The widgets created using this tool can then be posted on a variety of platforms.
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Before attempting to install this plug-in, first please review the Readme.pdf
document attached below. Then download the Widget Generation Plug-in code.
First, log into IBM Mashup Center Catalog and click "Create" and select "New Widget" from the drop down menu:
Then select a template widget to use and click "Next". There are a wide variety of widget types to choose from.
It is possible for you to add your own widget template to this list that your Business Users can use as well.
Customize your widget (or accept the default) and click "Next".
Here I have changed the widget title and changed the background color to lime green:
Enter the title, description, and version and click "Next". You widget is now saved within the Mashup Center widget catalog.
Now your widgets created can be easily moved to different platforms such as from the Mashup Center palette, OpenAjax runtime, blog pages, or web pages by simply using the "Get This" button.
About the author
John Gerken is a Senior Architect in IBM's Emerging Internet Technologies jStart team where he is responsible for recognizing, promoting and developing prototypes of software technologies that could positively impact IBM's customers. He is a recognized thought leader in the area of Situational Applications, widgets and mashup ecosystems and is a principle evangelist for these technologies to IBM customers. John is a member of the North Carolina Technical Experts Council (NC TEC), which is an IBM Academy affiliated, technical advisory and vitality organization serving the RTP, NC area. While his Masters degree is in Software Engineering, he also holds a Bachelors of Science in Jazz Performance and plays at every opportunity.
John's areas of expertise include mashups, mashup platforms and mashup ecosystems, Situational Applications, widget models and widget-based business models, Web 2.0, community building, Web services and of course Java.