Introduction to Dashcode User Guide 7. Who Should Read This Document? 7. Organization of This Document 7. See Also 8. Chapter 1. Creating a Widget with . Will help any new user get better at dashcode. One of the final tips and tricks I would like to share with you is the Apple Dashcode guide. I will use the same terminology as used in the Dashcode User Guide (the help documentation included in the Dashcode module – search on any help topic.
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I have learnt lots of little tricks and tips that I dashcofe to share with you. Developing a widget for the Dashboard can range from the very simple to the very hard. If you use the pre-built templates you can get a new widget up and running in a couple of seconds. You can then advance your skills to make it more accustomed to your site.
You can then take it even further adding in more features. The more features you add, the more complex your widget becomes and the hard it is to code, but the better the result. I am by know means a good widget coder. But theses tips are designed to help a new user make their widget that bit more unique.
This is done using the following code.
You can put these anywhere you want. If you want to add extra functionality to your widget you can add in preferences. These preferences mean that when a user closes a widget or restarts Dashboard the same settings can be sashcode when it starts up again.
There is two pieces of code you can run. To set a preference use the following code.
The key is dashcdoe name of the preference value you want to save. It can be any name you want. Value is the value that you want to save. This can ugide a variable or just a piece of text. The final line at the bottom is the code to save the prefence value. To grab the preference value from the file you can use the following code. Preferences can be used for anything you want. If you want to make your widget more uder and re-sizable you can use a small bit of code to re-size the widget.
You can then attach this to any function you want. There are two ways. The very quick method, cheap and dzshcode. Or the more complex method which uses more code but looks a lot better. The quick method uses the following code. Change the x and vuide values to the size you want to change.
For example if you want to changes a divs css properties you can use the following code. You can change the properties at the end of the string to any valid CSS property. You can add the following code inside a function. This piece of HTML is very useful to link with the preference value as mentioned previously. For example you can use the following. You do need to add the preference code previously for that piece of code to work. By using the innerHTML option you can set any text inside the div element.
The final option is to change the extra options.
For example the values on a slider. This piece of code gkide useful if you want to dynamically change various elements properties. For example a slides value. You can use a variable or a piece of text in the last part of the string.
The first section is the element you want to change, in this case I want to change the value for a slider. The second half is the value you want to use. Again I have used a preference value which is stored in the preferences file. If you have people using your widget you may want people to get the latest version of your widget so they have the latest version.
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The best method I have found for doing this is using WidgetShows technique. It does take a little bit of fiddling to get right. As well as this on Firefox the text is cut off a bit so you may have to look at the source to fully see the explanations.
It is a good idea for a developer to useg a look at how other people have achieve a daschode functions. Since widget code resources is pretty limited taking a peek at how other people have done certain tasks is very useful. One of the best resources of finding out code and certain elements is to use the library built into Dashcode. This is located in the top left of the toolbar.
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It contains lots of snippets of code. For example I found the preference and the animation code from this library. Have a look through the lists and dashccode if there is anything interesting to use.
You may be surprised in what you find. A really good post about localization is over at Clear Wired. Its a good post. I am going to localize my widget so I can please as many people as possible.
One of the final tips and tricks I would like to guidf with you is the Apple Dashcode guide. This guide is very thin on details and could be doing with being about a hundred times longer, but for a new user like myself and possibly experienced users it does off a couple of tips.
Not really a tip or a trick. It adds in a lot of erroneous code and really does end up being more of a hindrance. It does have good testing tools, but if you are trying to layout the elements it can get annoying.
Daahcode you do get good at widget development I would recommend you not use Dashcode. But if you do get good at widget development you probably know more than me any way. If you have any more Dashcode and widget development tips and tricks please leave a comment below.
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