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Apply the New Vista APIs to Sidebar Gadgets, Part 1

Explore the various Windows Vista Sidebar gadget objects and how they can be used to enhance the functionality of your gadget.


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eveloping Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets generally involves a lot of JavaScript programming. To make it possible for Sidebar gadgets to access the various systems' information, Microsoft has provided a set of APIs that Sidebar gadget developers can use within their Sidebar gadgets, which are callable from JavaScript. This series explores the various gadget objects and how they can be used enhance the functionality of your gadget. They're grouped based on their functionalities:
  • Contacts
  • Debugging and diagnostics
  • Sidebar gadgets UI
  • Machine information
  • Emails
  • Network
  • Sounds
  • Time and time zones
Part 1 covers the first four functionalities, and Part 2 will cover the last four.



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