The Widget Generation Plug-in for IBM Mashup Center is now available. It allows end users to create simple widgets in the same manner as that can create feeds.
This trial technology preview allows users to easily create views of feeds they create without writing code. Users can customize widgets such as changing colors, size, feeds, and data feeds. The widgets created using this tool can then be posted on a variety of platforms such as on the Mashup Center palette, OpenAjax runtime, blog pages, or web pages by simply using the "Get This" button which is by default at the bottom of each created widget.
This plug-in code needs to be installed on top of an instance of Mashup Center 2.0. If you don't already have the Mashup Center 2.0 package, you can download a free Trial version of Mashup Center.
Here's a few screen shots of the Widget Generation Plug-in so you can get an idea of what is offered with this technology preview.
The first screen shot shows that there are a wide variety of widget types to choose from (Feed reader widget, Photos widget. Java applet widget, etc.) It is possible for you to add your own widget template to this list that your Business Users can use as well.
Once you have selected a widget type for a particular data feed that you want to visualize, you can easily customize the widget by changing colors, titles, widget size, and data feeds. These changes require no programming ability at all. A business user can easily create a widget that he/she could then propagate to multiple web pages.
Give the widget Generation Plug-in a try. If you have questions, you can post you question on the Widget Generation Plug-in forum.
IBM jStart Emerging Technologies Development Manager