A completely new Gadget Designer

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM

A new and improved Google Desktop Gadget Designer is out, with a couple of major new features. The Designer editor now includes autocompletion support and function call tips for the Google Desktop Gadget API and the JavaScript language.

You can start autocompletion by typing the "." key or pressing Ctrl+Space. A list appears that displays objects, methods, properties, events, and constants to choose from, along with visual indicators to help you distinguish between them. Non-object related variables and functions are also dynamically recognized as you type them, and you'll see autocompletion suggestions based on your current scope. The following screenshot shows how Designer displays autocompletion suggestions for view object properties and methods that start with "s".



Call tips display function prototypes and short descriptions. They appear when you type an opening brace "(" or press Shift+Space. The following screenshot shows the call tip for the view.setInterval() method.



We sincerely hope that these new features will save you a lot of time while developing gadgets, making it that much more fun to bring your ideas to life. Please download the latest SDK and try out the new Gadget Designer.

10 comments:

Teo said...

This is great news! I'll definitely give it a try on my next gadget.

Akhilesh Gupta said...

Yippee!! I'm so happy my internship project's been publicly released. Thank you to everyone on the Google Desktop team for making this happen. I really hope gadget developers will like it!

Rosie said...

Congratulations Akhilesh... To date, I have used notepad to create all my gadgets, but will definitely start using your tool.

james said...

akhilesh, didn't get a chance to thank for for the great work. i was beyond impressed with the autocomplete.

paneendra said...

This is a very useful feature, I am sure the developers would love it.

Lakmal said...

Hi Akhilesh Gupta,

Really really a useful feature... !
Thanks for implementing that.

Read your page @ http://www.cse.iitd.ac.in/~cs1050153

and I'm happy about your achievements...

Wish you All the best !

Akhilesh Gupta said...

Thanks a lot Rosie, James, Paneendra and Lakmal

Tushar Singla said...

hie....Akhilesh bhaiya(as I call you)......excellent job......really amazing stuff..!
Congratulations..!!

Rupesh said...

Indeed a great job! Heartiest congratualtions!!

adrin said...

Cheers to you for making new gadget. I will definitely take a quick glance. Thanks!

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