April 04, 2007
Widgets will change your life
If you like AJAX, but hate coding or simply don't have time, widgets can bring you great stuff to configure and place anywhere online.
I have been using them for the following applications: Slide-show of blog-posts from an RSS feed (widgetbox.com); blidgets (convert a blog into a nice snippet: e.g. This blog's blidget on ruthvickdivecha.com's sidebar)
The cool advantage is - once the widget is placed on your webpage or blog, you can infinitely tinker and tweak from the widget-building website, in my case widgetbox.com
And did I mention that it is free? Coooool, infinitely.
formlogix even allows you to analyze data submitted via its form using tables, charts etc. Also, the form creator is Wysiwyg: and it rocks!
Widgets have cut my development life-cycle time by 90% (without learning a new language, switching to a new platform or hiring a developer). They help me create reliable, robust and flexible web components which I can tweak to my heart's wishes. If you are a busy web professional: widgets will be the next best thing after sliced macaroni... ok, ok sliced bread.