widgetarians.org

widgetarians.org

I’ve just made Widgetarians.org, a Planet-based aggregator of Widgety stuff.

The contents are somewhat ad-hoc, and will evolve in unpredictable ways as people publish and fix feeds, and as I hear about new sites. For example, at the time of writing I couldn’t find any working public feeds for the great things the Opera folks are doing with widgets. The exact focus of the site might evolve, but the audience I have in mind are developers who are building widgets (and “gadgets”, “applications” etc.) using standard Web technologies. So I’ll gather feeds from blogs, galleries, developer discussion lists that might interest such people. The site also aggregates anything tagged with “widgets” on delicious, so that’s a quick way to share things into this site.

Since I’ve been working at Joost this year, I ought to take care to be clear that widgetarians.org is done in my own time, using my own resources, and suchlike. Of course I’d be happy if people checked out the evolving Joost widgets platform, but this particular site is not Joost-specific. The more developers building widgets (of all kinds) using standard Web technology, the better! I’m also not going to make a big fuss about what exactly counts as a “widget”; it’s a pretty intuitive, family-resemblance concept. In many ways the old Java applet dream of Web from 1995 or so, or modular computing architectures like OpenDoc were in the same space. But the focus I have here is around desktop and Web page add-ons that bundle up javascript, css, xml markup etc., and on the use of emerging standards for interop and skill-sharing around such platforms.

ps. the logo features venezuelan ants… in orbit around planet sugar :)

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