This week we built our first widget. We decided to build a Yahoo! Widget as opposed to Mac OS X dashboard widget–which obviously wouldn’t work on the PC platform. (We may still port our version to Apple’s OS X dashboard format, we haven’t decided yet.) Yahoo! Widgets work on both.
It’s been nice to see such a great response. In the less than two days it has been on the Yahoo! Widget page, we’ve had nearly 5,000 downloads.
The images come from NAS/ESA SOHO Mission, NASA’s TRACE Mission, and from the Big Bear Observatory. The images are “grabbed” each hour and stored on a server at UC Berkeley–so that we have one source for these images (as opposed to making requests to multiple servers).
I’ve asked Kevin Silver here at Ideum to put together a post detailing more of the techincal points of widget building. More to come.