Thursday, June 4, 2009 | 1:05 PM
Creating a social gadget for Google Friend Connect just became a little easier and more flexible. Here are some of the recent changes that will impact you as a developer:
- Friend Connect now supports OpenSocial Specification v0.9, which adds a number of important features to improve the gadget development process and the performance of gadgets. These features include OS Lite, OSML, templates, proxied content and more.
- Want to ask site owners to configure additional preferences before adding your gadget to their sites? Now you can with the gadgets.Prefs functionality. Define the preferences you need in the XML gadgets specification, and the site owner will be asked to provide the values for the preferences when they get the code for the gadget. More information on the XML definition for these preferences is available in the OpenSocial XML Reference.
- Let site owners customize the color of your gadget to match their sites. When the site owners generate the code for the gadget, they will have the option to set the colors they want to use, ensuring that the gadget integrates well with the style of their site. For more information on OpenSocial skins, see the gadgets.skins API reference.
- After your gadget is built, we would like to include it in the Friend Connect gadget gallery so that site owners will have more ways to engage their visitors. After testing your gadget and making sure it has the required fields in the gadget XML file, submit it for inclusion in our gallery. We will review your gadget and add it to our gallery once it is approved.