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Posted at 3:46pm on 04 Jun 2008
Has anyone noticed now that the term "widget" has become a catch-all phrase for describing more or less any software component? I now hear the term used to describe any of
- A user interface component or control
- A plugin for a web site
- A panel or sidebar on another window
- A web service for providing any or all of the above
As far as I can tell, "widget" basically means "something I haven't got a name for", like doohickey, or thingamajig, or whatchamacallit. So why is it that Yahoo can announce a "widgets API" and we are supposed to know what that means?
Coming soon: Google doohickeys and Microsoft thingamajigs, for all your unspecified software needs.Permalink
Posted at 10:50am on 04 Jun 2008
As a framework, OpenLayers is intended to separate map tools from map data so that all the tools can operate on all the data sources. This separation breaks the proprietary silos that earlier GIS revolutions have taught civilization to avoid. The mapping revolution on the public Web should benefit from the experience of history.Permalink