dashcode

May 24th, 2006

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Ooops! Apple has released inadvertently leaked their nifty Dashboard widget maker “Dashcode” via the Developer Tools disc that comes with the new MacBooks.

My first spin through it was quite positive — it’s so much better than building a widget bundle by hand. And it’s not incredibly obtuse like XCode; a beginner could pick it up and start coding something in a couple minutes. You can see the results here with the new ldopa RSS Mac OS X widget!; this took about five minutes, so as a result, I predict an influx of countdown and RSS feed widgets, stat.

~jeff

2 Responses to “dashcode”

  1. Joshua says:

    This is pretty neat. I’m hesitant to say that it will be as good as HyperCard was, but we’ll see. We’ll see.

  2. Jeff says:

    I think it’s really cool that a shape can be filled with a solid color, a gradient, or “glass” — which is a prebuilt effect that creates the glossy shiny glass look that is so damn popular these days.