widgets and widgetry

Here is an interesting article from Connections and online journal for librarians about widgets and widgetry.  http://www1.curriculum.edu.au/scis/connections/2009/69widgets.htmWhat is a widget?  here is a definition from WikipediaA web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are derived from the idea of code reuse. Other terms used to describe web widgets include: gadget, badge, module, webjit, capsule, snippet, mini and flake. Web widgets usually but not always use DHTML, JavaScript, or Adobe Flash.

Widgets often take the form of on-screen tools (clocks, event countdowns, auction-tickers, stock market tickers, flight arrival information, daily weather etc

You can find lots of widgets on Yahoo  http://widgets.yahoo.com/, but the article in Connections has many useful sites for educators


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